March 28, 2004
LAWRENCEVILLE N.J. - Shawn Hampton collected three hits and John Lannan worked seven strong innings to pick up his first conference win as the Saints earned a critical 5-4 win over Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rival in the rubber match of a three-game set in Lawrenceville Sunday.
Siena (8-11/2-1 MAAC) took the lead with three runs in the third inning and rallied for two additional tallies in the sixth after Rider had tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Lannan worked seven innings allowing just four hits and striking out five en route to the win.
Rider (6-11, 1-2 MAAC) senior Sean Whalen hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and his RBI single in the eighth inning cut the lead to 5-4.
Sophomore Gene Crimoli had an RBI in the first inning to give Rider a 1-0 lead, and hit a double in the eighth inning, scoring on Whalen's single.
Siena (8-11, 2-1 MAAC) took a 3-1 lead in the third inning on four hits, before an RBI single by senior Scott Rich in the bottom of the fifth inning tied the score at 3-3. Rich had two of Rider's seven hits.
The Saints open their home season Tuesday against Holy Cross. Game-time is set for 3 p.m.