Head coach Tony Rossi mixed things up Friday to get the Saints back on track. Steady reliever Matt Quintana started the second game of a doubleheader at Niagara, and responded with a complete game gem, piloting Siena to an 8-2 win. Niagara won the opener 4-1.
Game 1 - Niagara 4, Siena 1
Ed Lewicki tossed all eight innings for Siena (5-15, 2-3), sacrificing just seven hits and four runs, but the Saints' bats fell silent in a 4-1 series-opening setback.
The Purple Eagles (5-15-1) scored three times in the third inning, and took advantage of some poor Siena base running to make those runs hold up.
Siena got the first two men on in the second, but Niagara starter Zach Kolodziejki worked out of trouble thanks to a double play. They had runners on second and third with one out in the fourth, but Justin Esquerra was picked off third base quelling that potential rally. The Saints left the bases full in the seventh, and missed an even bigger opportunity to get back in the game in the eighth.
Freshman Joe Drpich singled up the middle with runners on second and third and one out in the eighth, plating the Saints' first run, but Brian Fay was cut down at home and Drpich was thrown out trying for second, ending the frame.
Thomas Rodrigues had two hits and an RBI for Niagara, which committed three errors, but made the timely plays.
Kolodziejski pitched into the eighth to pick up his fourth win of the season (Niagara has just five), relievers Kevin Lucas and Daniel Procopio took it from there.
Esquerra, Drpich and Brian Fay each had two of Siena's six hits.
Game 2 - Siena 8, Niagara 2
Quintana made the first start of his stellar career in his 72nd appearance for the Saints, and came up huge.
The senior right hander went all seven innings, giving up just four hits and two runs while striking out nine.
Siena's offense came to life too. The Saints scored in their very first at bat as Dan Swain began the game with a single and came around to score on Fay's two-out hit. They busted the game open with four runs in the third. Dave Hoffmann's two run double down the left field line highlighted the inning, and freshman Dan Lowndes notched an RBI hit before Tyler Martis drew a bases loaded walk.
The Saints tacked on two runs in fourth, building a 7-0 lead before Niagara got on the board.
The Purple Eagles used five different pitchers in the seven-inning game and Siena scored off four of them.
The two teams will play the third and final game of their three-game set Saturday at noon.