Pacifico Pitches Siena to Split at Rider

April 1, 2006

Box Score

James Pacifico picked up a complete game 2-1 victory in the second game to help Siena earn a doubleheader split with Rider in Lawrenceville Saturday. Pacifico allowed just one first inning run, struck out three and walked none in the win. Rider won the opener 8-4.

Rider struck for five runs in the first inning off Siena starter Ken Grant to take command of the game. Grant settled down and pitched seven innings, allowing just two runs the remainder of the way.

Gene Crimoli went 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs score for the Broncs. Siena leadoff man Gabe Perez continued his hot hitting, notching his second consecutive two-homerun game in the opener.

Trailing 5-0, Siena scored four unanswered runs, pulling to within 5-4 on a two-run homer by Perez in the fifth. Rider answered with two runs in their half of the fifth and iced the game with an unearned run off reliever Trevor Reid in the eighth.

In the second game, both teams scored single runs in their first at bat. Jake Willis doubled home Siena's first run to put the Saints up 1-0. Bryan Wagner doubled to lead off the bottom half of the first for Rider and came around to score on a double play groundout.

Siena scored what turned out to be the winning run in the third. Perez walked and stole second and eventually scored on Willis' double play groundout.

Pacifico was dominant on the mound the rest of the way for Siena. Pitching with a strong wind blowing toward the outfield, the junior allowed just two Broncs to reach base from the third inning on. Erik Holck picked up the hard luck loss for Rider.

The two teams complete the three game series Sunday at noon.