April 21, 2007
Siena scored nine runs in the seventh inning of game one on its way to a 12-3 league win, but Rider rallied to take the backend of Saturday's twin-bill in Loudonville 4-2. Rick Seltzer had three hits, including a go-ahead 3-run homerun in the opener, before leaving with a leg injury.
Rider (11-19/7-6) held a 1-0 lead through five and a half innings in the first game, as starters Mike Petrowski and Craig Chaput squared off in what started off as a pitcher's duel.
Chaput tossed seven innings for the Saints (4-24/3-7), allowing just six hits and one run while striking out six. He picked up his second victory of the season.
Seltzer's three-run shot to left centerfield in the bottom of the sixth broke the ice for the Siena bats. In the seventh, they exploded for eight hits and nine runs off Petrowski and a pair of relievers. It was more than enough support for Chaput who gave way to relievers Will Hassett and Maikel Hurtado.
Moises Rivera, Chris Klepps and Jason DeFilippo each had two hits in the win for Siena. The Saints put up 13 hits as a team and did not make an error in their strongest performance of the season. James Hayes was the only Rider player to post two hits.
Siena took a 1-0 lead in the nightcap when DeFilippo scored on a passed ball in the second. Rider answered with two unearned runs off Saints' starter Matt Moberg in the third, taking the lead for good.
Hayes started the fourth with a single and came around to score the Broncs' third run on Eric Woodrow's ground out. DeFilippo's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning made the score 3-2, but Hayes drove in an insurance run with a fielder's choice ground out in the sixth.
Hayes then relieved Rider starter Jimmer Kennedy in the seventh to pick up his ninth save of the season.
Catcher Phil Cahill went 3-for-3 in the second game for Siena.
The two teams will complete their three-game set Sunday at noon.