April 7, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - In a pitching duel for the ages, Senior Mark Fisher outlasted freshman Ken Grant (Brookhaven, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) in front of a bedazzled 120 fans at Siena Field Sunday afternoon. With the 2-1 victory, Rider (12-12/5-4 MAAC) salvaged the final game of the three-game weekend series with the Saints (7-20/4-5). Fisher struck out 17 Siena batters, while Grant sat down 15 Broncs on strikes.
Siena's Grant carried a 1-0 lead into the ninth inning before surrendering the game-tying and go-ahead runs on a one-out RBI double to right-center field by right fielder Scott Rich. Rich Brooks, who led off the inning with a double down the left field line scored the equalizer, Carl Loadenthal who followed with a single scored the eventual game-winner.
Grant would suffer the loss despite striking out 15 Rider batters and allowing only one walk and seven hits in just over eight innings of work. Fisher equaled Grant's dominance, fanning 17 Siena hitters and striking out the side in the fourth, seventh and ninth innings.
The Saints lone run came in the sixth inning when Kevin Roberts-who was the only Siena player with two hits-scored on a double steal attempt from third base. With Roberts (Utica, N.Y./Notre Dame) on third, senior Ryan Finn broke from first. After drawing the throw, Finn intentionally held up forcing a rundown. The defending MAAC Player of the Year was tagged out, but Roberts scored in the process.
Both pitchers worked out of jams to keep their gems alive. In the fourth, the Broncs loaded the bases with nobody out, but Grant retired Brooks on a shallow fly to right field and then struck out Loadenthal and Brian Merrigan to escape unharmed. In the top of the first, Roberts led off with a double and following a fielders choice and a throwing error, the Saints had a runner on third with just one out for Finn. Fisher, who struck out the Saints' top gun three times on the afternoon, got the big 'K' to stay out of trouble.
Siena returns to action at Quinnipiac on Tuesday.