April 20, 2005
New York Tech rallied for two runs in its final at bat of the day to complete a doubleheader sweep of Siena Wednesday afternoon at President's Field in Old Westbury. The Bears won the first game 5-3 and the second 7-6.
The Bears took advantage of five Siena errors in a 5-3 triumph. The Saints got on the board in their first at bat, as Scott King was hit by a pitch to start the inning, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. He scored on Gabe Perez' deep fly to centerfield.
Tech took the lead in the bottom of the first, scoring on a David Johnson sacrifice fly, and an infield single by Mike McMillan. The Bears had three hits in the inning, as the first two batters reached on bloop singles. NYIT added a run in the third inning as Johnson doubled with two outs and scored on a wild pitch.
Siena finally broke through off Tech starter John Eichorn in the fifth inning. King launched a one-out two-run homerun over the left centerfield wall to tie the game 3-3. The Saints left second baseman Michael Ambury, who had two hits, stranded at third to end the inning.
NYIT scored what proved to be the game winning run in the bottom of the frame off Saints starter Craig Chaput. Johnson again delivered the big hit, lacing Chaput's first offering into the right centerfield gap to score teammate Mike Kenefick with the Bears fourth run. Tech added an insurance run in the sixth following a Chaput throwing error.
Chaput worked all six innings, allowing eight hits and four earned runs in falling to 1-2 on the season.
The Saints had their chances throughout the game, but could not get the timely hit. Tech also played solid defense when it mattered most, including a sparkling inning-ending double-play in the second that kept the tying run at the time off the board.
Tech rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a dramatic 7-6 come-from-behind victory.
The Saints scored three runs in the first inning on junior Steve Ballas' first homerun of the season. Chris Klepps and Justin Arasin had back-to-back two out singles to start the rally, and Ballas delivered a towering opposite field blast to put Siena on top 3-0.
NYIT tied the game in the bottom of the first taking advantage of four bases on balls and a hit batter. The Bears took a 5-3 lead in the second, as Johnson touched Siena starter Thomas Hopkins for a two-run homerun.
Hopkins was relieved by freshman Corey Muscara in the third inning. Muscara did not allow a run in three and two third innings of work, and the Saints rallied.
Klepps singled home Siena's fourth run in the third after Matt Gidaly had singled up the middle and advanced all the way to third on a failed pick off attempt. In the fourth, the Saints took a 6-5 lead as Brian Schmotzer blasted a one-out homerun to left centerfield after Eric Hildenbrand drew a walk.
The Saints avoided a Tech rally in the bottom of the fourth inning, as shortstop Chris Klepps fielded a sharply hit line drive off the bat Johnson, with runners at the corners and one out, and started a sparkling double play to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Bears again put runners at the corners, but freshman Ryan King relieved Muscara and induced an inning ending pop up to second to end the threat.
Johnson started the home half of the seventh inning with a sharp single up the middle, and was promptly sacrificed to second by MacMillan. Mike LaLuna then reached out and drove a 1-2 offering from King into the left centerfield gap for a run-scoring triple to tie the game. The Saints elected to walk the bases full to setup a force at any base, but Joe Esposito just beat out a soft ground ball to avoid the inning ending double play, allowing the winning run to score.
Siena returns to MAAC action this weekend as they host Canisius in a three-game set beginning Saturday at noon.
~Siena Sports Information (on scene)