Baseball Heating Up, Sweeps Brown on Road

Larry Balkwill had four hits, including a home run win Wednesday's sweep

April 4, 2012

Final Stats Game 1
Final Stats Game 2

The Siena baseball team had hit just two home runs in its first 25 games entering its doubleheader at Ivy League foe Brown Wednesday. Tyler Bell and Larry Balkwill went deep three times in the opener, and the resurgent Saints kept the bats going in the nightcap to sweep the Bears 9-5 and 8-6 in Providence.

The Saints have won four of their last five after beginning the year 3-19.

Bell rode the momentum of his walk-off hit Monday into the first game, launching two home runs, and finishing with three RBI. Balkwill's blast - his third of the season - was a two-run shot that gave the Saints some breathing room in the sixth.

John Rooney had three hits, two RBI and a run scored, and freshmen Brian Fay and Ryan Metzler each had two of the Saints' 11 hits.

Freshman Rick Morales started and pitched five strong innings, surrendering just two runs to pick up the victory. C.J. Sohl pitched a scoreless seventh.

Will Marcal had two hits, including a home run to lead Brown's charge.

The Saints jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second game, before the Bears rallied late.

Balkwill had three hits and two RBI, and Ted Trymbiski, Kyle Baldani and Ken Kirshner each had two hits.



Siena scored once in the first, and twice in the third, fourth and fifth to build the big lead, but Brown stormed back into the game with a five-run fifth. Both teams scored single runs in their final at bat to account for the final margin.

Freshman Chris Kearney earned the win, and Neil Fryer came on to pick up his third save of the season.

The Saints try to continue their strong play Friday and Saturday when they host Iona in a key MAAC series. First pitch of Friday's doubleheader is at noon.