April 25, 2005
Freshman second baseman Michael Ambury's (Wantagh, N.Y.) fourth hit of the game was the most important of his young career as he delivered a game-winning single with two outs in the 10th to complete Siena's improbable 9-8 comeback win over Canisius in Loudonville on Monday afternoon. The Saints rallied to score four times in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at eight.
The Saints staked starter Josh Burnett (Delmar, N.Y.) to an early lead, scoring three times in the second inning. Rick Seltzer (Allentown, Pa.) started the inning with a double over centerfielder Wade Rosolowski's head. He scored on Lou Gattozzi's (Stronngsville, Ohio) ensuing single to centerfield. Gattozzi moved to third on Ambury's first hit of the game, an opposite field double that landed just inside the left field line. The pair scored on Matt Gidaly's (Huntington, N.Y.) double over the third base bag, making the score 3-0.
Burnett worked out of a one-out bases loaded jam in the first, by inducing an inning-ending double-play groundout to Ambury. Canisius scored its first of three unearned runs against Burnett in the fourth inning, as Rich Ruscio drove home Joe Roach with a sacrifice fly following a Burnett throwing error.
Siena answered with an unearned run in the sixth, as Seltzer scored following consecutive passed balls. Matt Mazurek and Ruscio each delivered run scoring hits in the sixth to pull Canisius within a run, 4-3. Mazurek was one of three Golden Griffins to muster a multi-hit game, joining Rosolowski and third baseman Gabe Baida.
Roslowski's first homerun of the season in the seventh came with a runner on base and gave Canisius its first lead of the game, 5-4. The Griffs tacked on a run in the eighth on a Roslowski single to centerfield, and added a pair of scores in the ninth on an RBI hit by Baida and a bases loaded walk. Leading 8-4, the Saints fate appeared sealed, but a ninth inning rally for the ages allowed the Green and Gold to complete its first MAAC sweep of the season.
Jake Willis (East Lyme, Conn.) walked on four pitches to start the ninth prompting a pitching change. Seltzer followed with a well struck single to right field chasing a daring Willis all the way to third. After Gattozzi was retired for just the second time in the game, pinch hitter Bill Lazio lined a 1-2 curve ball to right field to score Willis and bring the tying run to the plate. Ambury followed with his first of two clutch late inning hits, looping a double down the left field line that made the score 8-6. Lazio then scored on a wild pitch and Ambury advanced to third, putting the tying run just 90 feet from the plate. After Pete Paris walked, Sunday's hero Scott King tied the game with a line drive single through the left side of the drawn in infield.
Freshman reliever Craig Chaput (Ottawa, Ont.) worked out of trouble in the 10th, leaving runners at second and third. Chaput picked up his second win of the season, in relief of Burnett, who pitched 7.2 innings allowing eight hits and striking out seven.
The 10th inning rally started innocently enough, as Seltzer singled with one out and was advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. The Griffs elected to intentionally walk Lazio, bringing up Ambury who promptly delivered a sharp single to center.
The two teams combined to leave 27 runners on base and commit nine errors, in the dramatic yet sloppy finale. King, Seltzer and Gattozzi joined Ambury with multi-hit games for the victors