LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Siena Baseball Head Coach Tony Rossi has been a part of a lot of history over his 48 seasons guiding the program. And on Wednesday, he was a part of some more. For the first time in program history, Siena has recorded two ties in a single season. Dartmouth scored three times in the ninth inning to pull even, and the game was halted due to darkness following the conclusion of the 10th as the Saints and Big Green were forced to settle for a 9-9 tie.
Siena (14-21-2) previously played to a 5-5, seven-inning draw in the second game of a doubleheader on Mar. 25 at NYIT, in a contest which was also called due to darkness. That outcome marked the Saints' first tie in 11 years, a dubious feat which has now been accomplished twice in the past month. Meanwhile Rossi, who had coached his teams to just six ties over his first 1,891 games leading the Green and Gold, has now piloted the Saints to a pair of ties over the past 19 games.
The tie spoiled the first career multi-home run game from junior rightfielder Dan Lowndes on a day where the Siena bats came to life as ten different Saints recorded hits.
Siena seemed well on its way to a bounce back victory following a weekend sweep at the hands of Fairfield, as the Saints ended an 18-inning scoreless streak with a five-run first. Siena batted around sending 10 men to the plate, and received a solo home run by junior first baseman Joe Drpich coupled with a three-run blast from Lowndes.
Dartmouth (20-15-1) continually chipped away at the deficit throughout, scoring a pair of runs apiece in both the second and fifth innings to close the gap to 7-4 at the midway point.
However, the Saints kept the Big Green at arm's length thanks to a 14-hit barrage, and doubled their advantage to 8-4 on and RBI single from senior catcher Patrick Ortland in the home half of the seventh.
But the Big Green would rally once more with five runs over the final two regulation innings coming at the expense of staff ERA leaders Matt Pierce and Danny Hobbs. A base hit by Mike Brown brought in both runs in the eighth, and after Siena got a run back in the bottom of the frame to make it 9-6, Dartmouth put the first three runners aboard to start the ninth. The next three Big Green batters all drove in runs to knot the score.
Both teams went down in order in the 10th inning, and with the game approaching 7:30 p.m. on a cloudy night and darkness descending in the Capital Region, the game was called.
Lowndes, who had tallied just three career home runs in 109 games prior to his first collegiate multi-homer effort, knocked in a career-high four runs for the Saints. Drpich added a pair of hits and RBI, while Ortland and freshman left fielder Jonathan Crimmin also recorded multi-hit efforts.
Five different Dartmouth hitters recorded two hits as part of a 12-hit effort, including shortstop Justin Fowler who knocked in three runs.
The Saints return to action Saturday to open their final home series of the season. Siena begins a crucial, three-game MAAC weekend set vs. Iona with doubleheader action commencing at noon.