LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- After playing its first 23 games away from home and having its first five scheduled dates at Siena Field wiped out due to weather, Siena Baseball finally made its long awaited 2017 Capital Region debut Saturday. The Saints won the first game of their MAAC doubleheader vs. Monmouth 5-4, with the Hawks rebounding to capture the nightcap 11-0 in seven innings.
Game One: Siena 5, Monmouth 4
Junior first baseman Joe Drpich delivered a three-run home run in the first inning, and classmate Jordan Bishop produced the game-winning RBI double in the sixth to lead Siena (10-14-1, 3-2) to victory in its home opener.
The Saints recorded 14 hits, five of which came during a three-run first. Five of Siena's first six batters reached base safely, with Drpich producing the big blow on his third home run of the season which he went the other way with and tucked just inside the left field foul pole.
Monmouth (9-17, 5-3) chipped away with single runs in the second and fifth innings, and chased Siena starter Tommy Miller on a two-out, two-run single by Shaine Hughes which knotted the score at 4-4 in the top of the sixth. Miller recorded a career-high eight strikeouts over 5.2 innings.
But in the home half of the frame, Bishop put the Saints back in front for good with the go-ahead double to right center to plate freshman Zach Durfee. Bishop led Siena with three hits and scored twice, while Drpich, Durfee, senior Dan Swain and freshman Nico Ramos each added two hits apiece.
Sophomore reliever Dylan D'Anna took it from there, firing 3.1 scoreless innings to secure his second win of the season. D'Anna and Miller combined to fan 13 Hawks, and Monmouth stranded 12 runners on base. All three of the Hawks' MAAC losses so far this season have each been by one run.
Game Two: Monmouth 11, Siena 0 (7)
Monmouth scored in five of the seven innings to cruise to the doubleheader split. The Hawks erupted for 14 hits, and put 20 runners on base.
Meanwhile Siena managed just two hits off Kyle Attjan. The Hawks' lefty went the distance for the shutout, striking out seven while walking just three. Junior captain Phil Madonna and freshman shortstop Rich Gilbride accounted for the Saints' hits.
Monmouth opened the scoring with a pair of runs in both the second and third innings, and blew things open with a four-run fourth. Chris Gaetano led the onslaught, going 3-for-4 with five RBI. Meanwhile Hughes added his second straight three-hit effort for the Hawks which have now outscored their opponents 66-17 in their five MAAC wins.
The decisive rubber game of the series is set for Sunday at noon.