April 14, 2013
Ed Lewicki pitched seven strong innings and Larry Balkwill had two hits and three RBI to lead the Siena baseball team past Iona 8-4 Sunday in New Rochelle. In the process, the Saints swept the MAAC series from the Gaels and ran their season-long win streak to five games.
Iona (4-30, 1-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the second and third, but Siena (13-21, 6-3) responded with eight unanswered to take command.
Mike Fish's RBI single plated Siena's first run in the fourth, and Vincent Citro's two-run, two-out single in the fifth put the Saints ahead for good. John Ronney singled home a run in the sixth, and Larry Balkwill's bases-clearing triple in the seventh made it a 7-2 lead.
Meanwhile, Lewicki settled into groove, allowing just two hits over his final four innings. He tossed seven innings on the day, and was charged with just two runs, improving to 2-1 on the season.
Brian Fay's sacrifice fly in the ninth chased home Citro with the final Siena run, and that insurance didn't hurt as Iona scored twice in its last at bat to account for the final margin.
Neil Fryer came on to get the last out of the game, completing a sensational week out of the Saints' bullpen.
Iona out-hit Siena in all three games this weekend, and tallied 13 knocks in Sunday's finale. Catcher Carmine Palumno had three hits and two RBI to pace the Gaels' attack. Citro joined Balkwill with a multi-hit game for the Saints.
Siena hosts Cornell in a non-league doubleheader Tuesday at 2 p.m.