April 26, 2008
Catcher Kevin Quaranto retrieved an errant pitch at the backstop, wheeled, and fired to charging Dan Lazzaroni who caught the toss and tagged out sliding Chris Edmondson - who represented the tying run - to end an exciting second game and preserve a 7-6 Siena win. The Dolphins scored eight runs in the first inning of the opener and held on for an 11-3 victory.
Rick Seltzer hit two solo home runs in the second game for Siena which led 7-3 entering the final inning. Trailing 1-0 after LeMoyne scored an unearned run in the first inning, the Saints scored six times in the second through fourth innings to take a seemingly comfortable 6-2 lead.
Seltzer's first home run came in the fourth inning and hit off the library, several feet beyond the deep right field fence. His next blast - another shot to right - provided what proved to be the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. Designated hitter Eric Mruczek had two of his four hits in the second game to go along with an RBI and a run scored. Jacob Willis also added two hits in a winning effort for the Saints.
Starter Zach Hartman improved to 5-0, but ran out of gas in the seventh inning allowing the Dolphins to rally.
LeMoyne scored its three runs in the top of the seventh on four hits, chasing Hartman. Edmondson doubled home the final run with two outs and two strikes, and advanced to third when Lazzaroni failed to cover first base after Seltzer made a diving stop on Phil St. Amant's sharp grounder.
St. Amant had two hits and two RBI to lead the Dolphin's eight-hit attack in game two.
Lazzaroni earned his second save of the season without retiring a batter, as he alertly covered home and made an athletic sweep tag on the deciding play.
In the opener, LeMoyne scored eight runs and collected nine hits to break open the first game in its first at bat. Six straight batters hit safely against Saints' starter Craig Chaput in the inning, and six had at least one RBI. Chaput settled down and retired 16 straight hitters to spell the Siena bullpen and allow the Saints to post a mild rally.
Seltzer singled and scored to start the home half of the first and Willis' sacrifice fly plated Chris Klepps with Siena's second run. Mruczek walked and scored an unearned run to make it an 8-3 game in the third inning, but the Saints would not score the rest of the way.
Troy's Eric Beaulac went six innings and allowed just one earned run to go along with five strikeouts in picking up his sixth win of the season. He was wild at times, but battled his way out of some sticky situations to post the victory. He threw 129 pitches.
Robert Perez had three hits and two RBI for LeMoyne which wrapped the game up with two runs in the seventh and added an insurance tally in the ninth. Corey O'Neill joined Edmondson with two hits.
Maikel Hurtado tossed two innings of relief, allowing just one unearned run for the Saints.
The two teams finish their three-game set Sunday at noon.