April 22, 2013
The Siena baseball team rolled to its ninth straight win Monday afternoon, a 10-0 pasting of Niagara behind sophomore Ed Lewicki. Siena is now tied with Rider in first place in the MAAC standings at 9-3 at the league's midway point, and the Saints and Broncs square off in Loudonville three times this weekend.
Siena's (17-21, 9-3) nine-game win streak is the fourth longest active streak in the country behind only North Carolina and North Carolina State (14), and South Florida (12).
There was little doubt about Monday's outcome, the eighth consecutive MAAC road win for the Saints after a loss at Fairfield to start league play March 23.
John Rooney saw his average jump over 20 points with a 4-for-5 effort that included three RBI. MAAC Player of the Week Mike Fish and sophomore third baseman Brian Fay had three hits and a pair of RBI. Steady leadoff man Vincent Citro and surging shortstop Tyler Martis each collected two safeties.
Meanwhile, Lewicki was brilliant on the hill, lowering his team-best ERA to 2.14 with a nine-inning shutout. He scattered eight hits and two walks and struck out four. Lewicki, who began the season working out of the pen, retired 10 of the last 11 men he faced Monday.
The Saints got all the runs they would need with a two-run first thanks to RBI hits by Fish and Fay. They added a run in the third, two in the fifth and broke things open with a four-run sixth - a rally highlighted by Rooney's bases-loaded RBI single.
Kevin Paulsen had two hits for Niagara (12-27, 7-8) which entered the weekend 7-5 in MAAC action.
The Saints play at Fairleigh Dickinson tomorrow and at Holy Cross Wednesday before the key MAAC series with the Broncs Saturday and Sunday.