Siena Baseball completed an unconventional undefeated weekend on Long Island, recording a win and a tie in their series-ending doubleheader at NYIT. Freshman hurler Brendan White pitched the Saints to a 6-0 shutout in the opener, while Siena scored three times in the final inning to forge a 5-5 draw in the nightcap which was halted due to darkness.
Game One: Siena 6, NYIT 0 (7)
White went the distance in a dazzling performance by the rookie righthander. Over seven innings, he allowed just three hits and did not issue a walk. White struck out a season-high seven batters, six of which went down swinging.
Classmate Zach Durfee recorded his first collegiate three-hit performance, going a perfect 3-for-3 out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup with a pair of RBI and a stolen base. Junior captain Phil Madonna added two hits for Siena (6-12-1) which won for the sixth time in 10 games following an 0-8 start.
Senior centerfielder Dan Swain opened the scoring, crossing home plate on an error in the third. The Saints added a pair of runs apiece in both the fourth and fifth innings, with Durfee delivering an RBI in each frame.
Siena touched up starter Ben Wright for five hits and five walks in just 3.2 innings, as the Saints handed NYIT (2-16-1) their seventh straight defeat.
Game Two: Siena 5, NYIT 5 (7)
Siena scored three times in a wild final inning in which each side scored the tying runs despite being down to their final outs.
Trailing 4-2 entering the final inning, Swain started the Saints' rally with his team-leading sixth home run of the season. Then, with Siena down to its final strike and pinch runner Matt Hamel on first, the Saints caught a huge break.
Sophomore Brian Kelly singled, and the ball was booted by the rightfielder sending Hamel to third. With the throw coming in towards home, the catcher misplayed the relay which allowed Hamel to cross the plate in dramatic fashion with the tying run.
Freshman pinch hitter Chris Davignon then put the Saints in front 5-4, delivering the go-ahead RBI double to plate Kelly.
In the home half of the inning, Louis Mele produced the game-tying RBI single to score Joey Fusco. NYIT later threatened to walk-off, but with the potential winning run just 90 feet away, freshman righthander Danny Hobbs came out of the bullpen to strike out Nick Tedesco swinging.
The game was bound for extra innings, but was called by the umpires due to darkness. Siena was forced to settle for its first tie in 11 years, dating back to a 13-13 draw at Hofstra on Mar. 29, 2006. It also marked just the program's seventh tie in 48 seasons under head coach Tony Rossi.
Weather permitting, the Saints are scheduled to host Fairleigh Dickinson in what would be the team's home opener Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Siena Field.