Siena won its sixth straight game and fifth consecutive MAAC contest Sunday, downing Manhattan 8-4 to finish off a three-game weekend sweep. The Saints move into a four-way tie for first place in the early conference standings with Canisius, Quinnipiac and Rider.
Freshman Ryan Bellomo picked up his first college win in relief, working 2.2 innings and allowing just one hit while striking out three.
While Bellomo was in the game, Siena (12-19, 6-3) rallied from a 3-0 deficit to take a 5-3 lead with four runs in the fourth inning.
Jordan Bishop and Alex Tuccio put the exclamation point on fantastic weeks at the plate with two hit performances for the Saints. Freshman slugger Joe Drpich also went 2-for-3, and his RBI single in the seventh provided a key insurance run.
Siena's bullpen was the difference in the game. Manhattan had three runs with just one out in the third when Bellomo came on and avoided more trouble. Matt Quintana entered with two on and nobody out in the sixth and didn't allow a run against the heart of the Jaspers order. Then Kyano Cummings was summoned with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, and he allowed just one run to score on his way to his sixth save of the season.
Chris Kalousdian led the Manhattan (9-26, 5-10) offense with three hits. Brendan Bisset, Christian Santisteban and Adam Genners each had two.
Jaspers starter Michael Scarinci didn't allow a hit until Bishop tripled and scored on a throwing error with two outs in the third. The wheels fell off for Scarinci in the fourth, as the Saints scored four runs on just two hits thanks to two walks, a hit batter and another error.
Siena will try to make it seven straight Tuesday when it completes this eight-game homestand against Central Connecticut at 3 p.m.