Paolini Hits 50th in Split With Cornell

April 19, 2011

Final Stats Game 1
Final Stats Game 2

Dan Paolini homered in his first at bat, the 50th of his historic career, and the Saints cruised to an 8-3 win over visiting Cornell in the first half of a non-league home twinbill Tuesday. The Big Red bounced back to win the darkness-shortened nightcap 9-0.

Paolini's blast got the Saints off and running, but it was a six-run fifth that put the first game away. After Cornell took its only lead of the game with two runs in the fifth, Siena batted around, scoring six times on five hits in the bottom of the frame. Leadoff man John Rooney singled to start the inning, and drove in two runs with a double to right centerfield in his second at bat of the frame.

C.J. Sohl got the win in relief for Siena. The Saints pitching staff did not allow an earned run as the team survived four errors. Paolini and Rooney each had two hits in the opener, and Will Cardona drove in a pair of runs.

In the second game, Cornell used a six-run rally to put the game out of reach in the third inning. Brian Billigen, Tom D'Alessandro and Brenton Peters each had two hits. Chris Cruz launched a two-run home run to deep right field, and Dan Lee picked up the five-inning shutout on the hill, allowing just two hits and striking out seven.

The game was called after five innings due to darkness.

Siena returns to action next against MAAC rival Niagara. The games have been moved up to Thursday and Friday. The Saints and Purple Eagles will play a single game at 3 p.m. Thursday, and a seven inning contest, followed by a nine inning game on Friday starting at noon.