April 6, 2012
Ryan Poplawski pitched a complete game shutout in Siena's 3-0 series-opening win, but the Gaels rallied to take the backend of the doubleheader 2-1, setting up a key rubber game Saturday at noon.
Poplawski was on top of his game in pitching the Saints to their sixth win in seven games to start off the day. He scattered seven hits, walked just one and struck out nine.
The nine-inning game was completed in just one hour and 45 minutes.
Iona had a chance to get on the board first in the third inning, but Poplawski got the Gaels' top hitter - Chris Burke - to tap out to the catcher with a runner on third and just one out. In the bottom the frame, Ryan Metzler doubled with one out, advanced to third on Citro's bunt single, and scored what proved to be the winning run on a two-out wild pitch.
Iona scored its only two runs of the day on Mike Chiaravalotti's opposite field home run to left in the fourth inning of game two. Take away that pitch, and Siena's pitching staff may have pitched 16 shutout innings.
But the Gaels made those two runs hold up.
Siena's biggest threat came in the bottom of the fourth when they got a run back on Fay's RBI single, but ultimately left the bases full. They got the leadoff man on in the fifth when Citro walked, but couldn't score, and Iona reliever Derrick Bligh closed the door from there. Bligh didn't allow a base-runner in the final two innings.