April 22, 2011
The Siena baseball team swept a doubleheader at Niagara Friday, completing a three-game sweep, and evening their MAAC record at 6-6. The Saints won the first game 3-0 behind the strong pitching of sophomore Justin Brantley, and broke free late for a 10-3 victory in the series finale.
Brantley tossed one of the top games of his career in the first game, a seven-inning shutout that assured Siena a series victory. He allowed just three hits, and walked only two batters, improving his season record to 4-5 with the complete-game win.
Brantley's classmate Mike Fish was the offensive star for the Saints, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Dan Paolini and Ken Kirshner drove home the other two Siena runs. The Saints struck twice in the seventh to give Brantley insurance.
Siena's offense took center stage in game two, rallying behind Paolini once again.
The junior slugger went 2-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI and the 51st home run of his remarkable career.
He had plenty of help.
Kevin Quaranto was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, John Rooney went 2-for-5 with two runs, and transfer Adam Guinn finished off a fine series at the plate with a 3-for-4 performance and two RBI.
For the third straight game, Siena scored multiple runs in its final at bat - this time striking for five runs in the ninth to break the game open. Siena turned the series Thursday by scoring eight times in the ninth with two outs to erase a 4-1 deficit.
Senior Zach Hartman earned the win on the mound. He pitched 6.2 innings and allowed just three runs. Freshman Neil Fryer lowered his team-leading ERA by pitching 2.1 scoreless innings to secure the save.
The series sweep could be the turning point of the season for the Saints, who lost five of their first six MAAC games, but have now won five of their last six.