April 27, 2011
Seriously? Dan Paolini homered twice and drove in six runs, another day at the office for the greatest baseball player in MAAC history, but it wasn't enough. Holy Cross held off hard-charging Siena 13-10 in a summer slugfest Wednesday in tropical Worcester.
Paolini increased his season home run total to 16. His three-run blast in the first gave Siena (17-24) its only lead of the day.
Holy Cross (21-22-1) then reeled off 10 straight runs to seize control, rocking Siena's pitching staff with 10 hits and as many runs in their first three at bats.
Siena rallied for three scores in the fourth, a rally highlighted by Paolini's RBI single, and added three more in the top of the sixth to make the score 11-9
The Crusaders answered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a four-run lead, and Paolini's second long ball in the eighth accounted for the final score.
Siena's junior second baseman was wisely walked twice, reaching base in all five of his at bats.
Freshmen John Rooney and Vincent Citro each collected two hits and three runs scored, batting in front of Paolini. Citro also drove in two runs. Mike Fish had two hits as well in the loss.
Patrick Puentes, Alex Maldonado and Nick Ciardiello each had three hits for Holy Cross.
Siena plays its weekend MAAC series at Fairfield Saturday and Sunday.