Sophomores Rick Morales and Jim Meindl pitched Siena to a non-conference sweep of NYIT Tuesday afternoon in Loudonville. The Saints pounded out 19 hits in the two games.
Mike Fish, Larry Balkwill, Mike Allen and Kyle Baldani each had two hits in the opener, and the Saints broke things open early with a five-run third. Balkwill started the scoring with a towering home run in the second, his fifth of the season.
Morales cruised through the first four innings, allowing just four hits and no runs. NYIT struck for three runs in the fifth, taking advantage of a Siena error. Matt Quintana relieved Morales and pitched the final 2.2 innings without allowing a run.
Siena tacked on two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to put the game away.
Dan Lackner had three hits in the first game for NYIT.
Andres Ortiz had three hits and a pair of RBI for the Saints in the second game, and Meindl allowed just five hits and one run in 5.2 innings of work.
Neil Fryer picked up his fourth save, entering a 4-1 game in the sixth and retiring all five men he faced.
The Saints scored in their final four at bats, including four tallies in the sixth.
Freshman shortstop Tyler Martis had a nice day at the plate and in the field for Siena. He finished with three hits and three RBI and seven assists.
The Saints made just one error in the 12 innings on defense.
Siena returns to MAAC action this weekend at Iona.