April 14, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Every Siena baseball player had a hit Sunday as the Saints (12-20/7-5 MAAC) held off a stubborn Niagara squad (6-21/4-8) for an 8-5 win in front of 255 fans at sunny Siena field. The win was the fifth straight for Siena and eighth in the team's last nine games.
Freshman Ken Grant picked up the third victory of his young Siena career working two out into the sixth inning. Senior Dave Pahucki pitched the final three-plus inning to earn the save in relief.
Niagara took advantage of three Siena errors in the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead-their first of the three-game weekend series. Josh McCurdy's first inning sacrafice fly plated the first run of the game, while Mark Bomar scored on a throwing error in the second after he stole third to push the margin to 2-0.
The Siena bats responded in the bottom of the second for four unearned runs after Jim Buckley reached on a throwing error to start the frame. Fausto Franco's suicide squeeze scored the game-tying run-Kevin Roberts put the Saints up for good with a two-out, two-RBI single to right field.
Grant settled down on the hill and the Saints scored four more runs in their next two at bats to take a commanding 8-2 lead into the sixth. Buckley, the only Saint with a multi-hit game, drove in two runs with an RBI double over rightfielder Lou Wrobel's head in the fourth.
The Purple Eagles chipped back for three runs off Grant in the sixth to close within three on singles by pinch hitter Justin Montgomery and Wrobel, but that was as close as the Purple Eagles would get.
Siena continues its eight-game homestand with a doubleheader at Siena Field against Vermont on Tuesday at 2 p.m.. The Saints host MAAC rival Fairfield in a crucial series next weekend.