Andres Ortiz lined out hard to left with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, and Rider held off Siena 6-4 to take over first place in the MAAC Sunday in Loudonville. The Broncs struck for five runs in the first two innings and got seven strong innings from Kurt Sowa.
Nick Crescenzo singled home the game's first run in the top of the first, but Siena answered back with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take their only lead of the game.
John Rooney delivered the big blow - a two run single to right that chased home Ortiz and Mike Fish. Ortiz had doubled after Vincent Citro reached on an error to lead off the frame, and Fish followed with an RBI single to left.
Rider then knocked Siena starter Ed Lewicki out of the game with four runs in the second. Mike Parsons doubled home the final two before Bryan Goossens came on to prevent further damage.
Neither team pushed across another run until Justin Thomas' two-out RBI single in the seventh put the Broncs up 6-3.
John Rooney and Mike Allen each singled in the ninth, and Javier Garcia walked to load the bases. Rider appeared to have the game won when Citro tapped back to the mound with two outs, but Vincenzo Aiello threw the ball away allowing Ortiz to come to the plate. The Siena junior belted the second pitch he saw to left, but Ian Lindsay charged and made the catch to end the game.
Sowa earned the win with seven innings of four-hit ball. He allowed just two earned runs and struck out two. Goossens pitched well in relief for Siena going 6.1 innings and allowing six hits and two runs. Matt Quintana came on to work a perfect ninth.
The Saints fall to 10-5 in the MAAC, and they'll host another big series with hard-charging Canisius next weekend. First up is a single game with Brown Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Siena Field.