Matt Gage struck out 14 Friday in Siena's first win of the season
March 21, 2014
Siena had to travel 160 miles to play its first "home" game of the 2014 season. It turned out to be worth the trip. Junior southpaw Matt Gage struck out 14 and allowed just five hits as the Saints topped Niagara 7-3 for their first win of the season Friday in Old Westbury, N.Y.
The game was played on the campus of New York Tech due to unplayable conditions in Loudonville. The teams complete the three-game conference set with a doubleheader Saturday at noon at New York Tech.
Gage carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before digging down to fire 137 pitches in the complete game victory. He sacrificed just two earned runs, both coming in the eighth inning with the game well in hand.
Siena's offense provided more than enough firepower too.
Vincent Citro and Brian Fay each had two hits, and John Rooney scored three runs from the two-hole in the lineup.
Rooney singled, stole second and came around to score the game's first run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first. Citro drove home the second run of the game in the second, and after Niagara got a run back in the fourth following a Siena error, Ortiz and Fay drove home runs in the fifth to push the lead to 5-1.
Anthony Firenzi doubled down the right field line on Gage's first pitch in the sixth inning for Niagara's first hit. He was stranded, and the Saints put the game out of reach with two runs in the seventh, the second coming on another RBI hit by Fay.
Greg Rodgers had two hits, including a two-run single in the eighth for Niagara. Starter Jordan Schwartz worked six innings allowing six hits and five runs.