April 5, 2014
Siena lost a non-league baseball doubleheader at Big Ten power Michigan State Saturday, dropping the first game 4-0 and the second 6-1. Junior Matt Quintana had two strong relief outings in a losing effort for the Saints.
Mick VanVossen tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout and Michigan State struck for three runs in the sixth, breaking open a 1-0 game.
Siena starter Matt Gage worked into the sixth, allowing four hits and three earned runs. Quintana finished the game with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief.
Blaise Salter delivered the big blow in the game - a two-run single in the decisive sixth. Slater scored the first run of the game on a double steal in the first inning.
VanVossen retired the first 13 men he faced, carrying a no hitter into the fifth before Mike Allen broke it up with a one-out single.
Van Vossen had 10 strikeouts and struck out the side in the eighth.
Justin Alleman worked into the eighth allowing just one run and three hits and Jake Lowery closed the door from there as the Spartans held the Siena offense down again.
The Saints managed just six hits on the day, and scored their only run on freshman Dan Swain's RBI single in the fourth.
Michigan State scored three runs in the second inning - two coming on Anthony Cheky's one-out single. They added single runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh.
Ed Lewicki started and worked 4.1 innings, allowing six hits and three earned runs for the Saints. Quintana worked the final 3.2 innings, giving up just two hits and a run.
Siena was done in by four fielding errors after neither team had an error in the opener. There were no extra base hits in the game - and just one all day, Joel Fisher's double in game one.
The two complete the three-game series with a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m.