April 2, 2008
Siena rallied from an 8-4 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the eighth in a 10-8 non-conference baseball win over visiting Dartmouth Wednesday afternoon. Kevin Quaranto's bases-clearing, two-out double tied the score, and he crossed the plate with what prove to be the winning run on Eric Mruczek's ensuing RBI double.
Siena and Dartmouth combined for 20 hits and 11 different pitchers saw action. Sophomore Dan Miklas earned the victory on the mound for the Saints and freshman Dan Lazzaroni pitched a one-hit ninth for his first collegiate save. Head coach Tony Rossi used a predetermined split of his pitching rotation, allowing for the most effective pitcher to be credited with the victory. Miklas worked the fifth and sixth innings and did not allow a run.
Dartmouth led 4-0 after scoring twice in both the second and third innings. Brett Gardner's two-run home run off Siena starter Tom Hopkins started the scoring, and the Big Green added two more runs on Damon Wright's home run to left and Nick Santomauro's RBI single.
Jacob Willis tightened the gap with a two-out, three-run home run to left field in the bottom of the third. Dartmouth's Erik Bell answered with a three-run blast in his team's next at bat to push the score to 7-3.
Siena inched closer with a run in the sixth on Gary DerHagopian's bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left field, but Jeff Onstott's RBI single in the top of the eighth gave the Big Green an 8-4 lead, and what appeared to be control of the game
The Saints' six-run eighth included four hits and one costly Dartmouth error. With the bases loaded and two outs, freshman Don DiPetta reached on a fielding error that opened the flood gates. Siena scored six unearned runs with two outs. After Nick Messinger scored on DiPetta's grounder, Quaranto followed with the big hit - an opposite field double that soared into the left centerfield gap. Mruczek delivered a double down the left field line to plate go-ahead run, and he scored on Moises Rivera's sharp single to right centerfield.
Riviera, Messinger and Jason DeFilippo each enjoyed multi-hit games for the Saints. DeFilippo, who is now hitting .385 on the season, took over the team batting lead. Messinger is close behind at .383.
Santomauro went 3-for-4 for the Big Green and Gardner was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Siena returns to action this weekend at Manhattan.