April 6, 2013
Jordan Mountford's two-run, walk-off home run capped off Bryant's second come-from-behind victory of the day as the Bulldogs swept the Saints 3-2 and 11-9 Saturday in Rhode Island. Bryant rallied from an 8-0 deficit in the second game to sweep the twin bill.
John Mullen's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth was the difference in Bryant's (16-9-1) 3-2 victory in game one.
Matt Gage suffered his third straight hard-luck loss, pitching all eight innings and allowing just seven hits and three runs for Siena (8-20). The sophomore southpaw struck out eight and walked four.
Bryant senior right-hander Peter Kelich set a program-record with his 27th career victory. Kelich struck out 10 Saints and allowed just two runs and six hits in eight innings. Salvatore Lisanti walked two in the ninth, but got out of trouble to pick up the save.
Bryan Fay, Mike Fish and John Ronney each had two hits in a losing effort for Siena. Fay drove in both runs for the Saints, the first in the first inning and the last in the sixth. Dan Muscatello had three hits for Bryant.
In game two, Bryant trailed 9-8 heading into the seventh inning, when Daniel St. George led off with a pinch-hit single. A sac bunt moved him to second, and Robby Rinn followed with a game-tying, pinch-hit single to left. That brought Mountford to the plate, and the big lefty connected on a 1-1 offering from Siena closer Neil Fryer over the right-center field wall for a walk-off two-run home run.
Siena raced to an 8-0 lead after three innings, scoring twice in the first and six times in the third. Fay and Fish each had two hits again for the Saints, as did Larry Balkwill and Mike Allen.
Trailing 8-0 in the fourth, the Bulldogs erased the deficit with eight runs on five hits.
The Saints retook the lead in the top of the sixth when Fish singled, stole second and then came all the way around to score on a ground ball to short that Balkwill beat out.
Trevor Lacosse earned his first-career victory pitching the final two innings.
The Bulldogs have now won 12-straight games and their first two over the Saints (8-20) in five tries. Bryant's current winning streak is its longest in the Division I era.
Bryant and Siena wrap up their three-game series with a single nine-inning game on Sunday beginning at noon.