Siena Wins Wild One with UConn, 9-8
April 17, 2006
Freshman Phil Cahill's third hit of the day took a bad hop and bounced over the head of UConn left fielder Matt Burnett allowing the tying and winning runs to score with one out in the ninth inning as Siena won a seesaw affair with the visiting Huskies 9-8 in Loudonville Monday afternoon. It marked the second straight year Siena has defeated Connecticut. The Huskies had won 24 of their first 34 games this season and were coming off a weekend sweep of nationally ranked West Virginia.
UConn (24-11) had battled back to take the lead with two strikes and two outs in the top of the ninth when Matt Untiet launched an 0-2 pitch to the ally in right centerfield to chase home the tying run. He scored the go-ahead run on Steven Malinowski's RBI single up the middle.
Pinch hitter Eric Hildenbrand slapped a one out hit to right field to start Siena's (12-20-1) rally in the bottom of the ninth. He advanced a base on Chris Klepps' single up the middle and the pair scored on Cahill's ensuing hit. Siena put the three straight hits together off UConn's Ted Garry who had allowed just two earned runs in 17+ innings of work entering the game.
Siena answered a single UConn score with four runs in the first inning. Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Rick Seltzer and Klepps preceded two out run-scoring hits by Klepps and Cahill. All four runs were unearned following one of the game's seven errors.
The Huskies chipped back, scoring a run in the third on Pat Mahoney's sacrifice fly and another in the fifth on Dennis Donovan's sacrifice fly. Cahill collected his second of four RBI's with the fifth of seven sacrifice flies in the game to make the score 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth.
UConn took its first lead with three runs in the sixth inning on two hits and two errors. In the seventh, Siena took the lead back with two runs off a Klepps' sacrifice fly and a wild pitch.
Cahill was joined by leadoff man Gabe Perez with two hits for Siena. Only Josh Farkes had two hits for the visitors, though every spot in the order was represented with at least one safety.
Siena concludes its season long 13-game hitting streak with a 2 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday against New York Tech.