March 24, 2007
Bronx, NY- Iona rallied past Siena 3-2 in the second game of the MAAC opening series for both schools in the Bronx Saturday. The second game was suspended due to rain with the Gaels leading 1-0 entering the bottom of the third inning. The game will be resumed at a to be determined date.
Siena opened up the scoring in the first game in the top of the third son a two-run triple by sophomore catcher Phil Cahill. Cahill hit a shallow fly ball to right field that was unable to be played and rolled behind the Gaels outfielder.
Iona chipped away with a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Freshman LF Chris Leahy came to bat with a runner on first and second and hit into a fielder's choice. While trying to turn the double play, Siena second baseman Nick Messinger made an arrant throw allowing rookie DH Andrew Passerelle to score in the fourth.
In the fifth, sophomore C Andrew Wernicki had an RBI single p the middle that scored junior 2B Ralph Marzella from third base. Marzella hit a one-out double to the left centerfield gap to put himself into scoring position.
With reliever Will Hassett in the game in the bottom of the sixth for the Saints, junior CF Paul Salerno led off with a triple down the right field line. Senior 3B A.J. Dederick laced a single to right field to drive in Salerno as the Gaels took the lead for good.
Senior RHP Marty Hand scattered five hits over six innings and 97 pitches, walking two batters and striking out the same. Hand had some work to do as the Gaels committed five errors while he was on the mound. Fortunately, the miscues did not come back to haunt the fifth-year righty. Junior closer Shawn Walsh faced three batters in the ninth. A leadoff infield hit was erased by a double play on the next batter.
Marzella and Dederick had two hits a piece in the win. Dederick got on base all three times he came to the plate, being hit by a pitch in the fourth.
In game two, Iona got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when Wernicki legged out a soft roller that the second baseman couldn't handle and scored junior SS Joe Lorenzo. Lorenzo led off the inning with a double.
The game was suspended by crew chief Jeff Burt entering the bottom of the third inning. Trying to get the game completed tonight, the two teams waited for more than an hour before it was mutually agreed upon by both head coaches that it was unsafe to play.
More updates on the continuation of the second game will come as they are available.