April 12, 2014
Siena rallied for a 3-1 win in game two behind the right arm of junior Ed Lewicki to salvage an important split at MAAC rival Canisius Saturday afternoon in a rematch of last year's MAAC title game. The Griffs scored eight times in the seventh inning of the opener to claim a 9-3 victory.
Canisius (20-12, 8-3) erupted for eight runs in the seventh inning, turning a 3-1 deficit into the final 9-3 margin.
Siena (8-24, 6-2) ace Matt Gage allowed just one run and four hits in first six innings of work, but the Griffs figured him out in the seventh, striking for eight runs on six hits.
Canisius played small ball in their big inning, using three bunts to keep the rally moving. Jesse Puscheck delivered a two-run triple and Ronne Bernick had two run-scoring hits, his second drove home the final two runs of the inning off reliever Neil Fryer.
Andres Ortiz singled home Justin Esquerra with the first run of the game for Siena in the fourth. Jimmy Luppens RBI hit in the bottom of the frame tied the game, but Siena scored twice in the top of the sixth after an 18 minute delay to clean up glass on the field from a foul ball. John Rooney had the big hit for the Saints, a double to right center that chased home Esquerra. Rooney scored Siena's third run on a wild pitch.
Mike Allen had two hits for Siena. Anthony Massicci, Shane Zimmer and Bernick each had three hits for Canisius.
Reliever Brandon Bielecki improved to 3-1 on the season with three strong innings of relief. Bielecki did not allow a run and gave up just two hits.
Ed Lewicki pitched one of the top games of his solid career, going eight innings and allowing just three hits and a single unearned run, and Neil Fryer finished the job working out of trouble in the seventh to pick up his 19th career save.
Siena got off to a fast start when Andres Ortiz tripled home two runs in the top of the first. Ortiz later drove in a much-needed insurance run with a two-out single through the left side in the top of the sixth.
After Vincent Citro lined out to start the game, Allen singled up the middle and Esquerra did the same to set the stage for Ortiz. Ortiz was caught trying to score, preventing further damage.
Canisius pushed an unearned run across in the fourth on Christ Conley's two-out single, but that was all the Griffs would get.
Canisius had a man at second with no outs in the sixth and two men on in the seventh, but Lewicki and Fryer bore down to preserve the victory.
The two teams will play the rubber game Sunday at noon.