LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Iona erupted for 21 runs and 27 hits in completing a doubleheader sweep of Siena Baseball by the scores of 12-6 and 9-6 at Siena Field. Junior first baseman Joe Drpich homered twice and drove in a total of six runs on the afternoon for the Saints to eclipse 100 RBI for his career.
Game One: Iona 12, Siena 6
Fran Kinsey and Lou Matarazzo each recorded five hits and scored three runs apiece as part of a 20-hit Iona (16-17, 9-5) barrage in the opener. In all, five players tallied multi-hit efforts and seven drove in runs for the Gaels, which had entered the day hitting just .249 as a team while averaging only 4.6 runs per game for the season.
Drpich and freshman designated hitter Alex Brickman each homered and drove in three runs apiece for Siena (14-23-2, 5-9), which tallied 10 hits of their own, but trailed throughout.
Iona scored in six of the nine innings in eclipsing double figures for just the fourth time this season. The Saints kept pace early, rallying to within 5-4 on a three-run shot from Brickman in the third.
However, the hits just kept on coming for Iona which responded with four unanswered runs over the middle three innings. Siena got a pair of runs back on a two-run single by Drpich in the sixth, but Iona added three insurance runs in the eighth to pull away.
Matarazzo reached base safely in all six plate appearances for the Gaels, while Sean Scales added three hits and scored three runs, and Matt Byrne contributed three hits and a pair of stolen bases.
Game Two: Iona 9, Siena 6 (7)
Iona closed out the contest by scoring eight unanswered runs as Siena squandered a six-run first inning.
The Saints came out red-hot in their attempt to bounce back, sending 11 men to the plate while recording six hits in the opening frame. Drpich opened the scoring with a three-run home run, and freshmen Jonathan Crimmin and Ben Rhodes each added RBI hits.
But as hot as the Siena bats were in the first inning, they were equally cold thereafter as Iona relievers Mario Ferraoli and Jared Finkel combined to scatter two hits while allowing just three base runners over the final six innings.
That allowed the Gaels to chip away, beginning with a four-run second inning highlighted by a two-run single from Kinsey. Iona knotted the score at 6-all on a Kinsey sacrifice fly in the fourth. The Gaels then completed the comeback with a three-run fifth, capped by a two-run double by No. 9 hitter Seth Hoagland.
Ferraioli tossed 4.1 shutout innings with five strikeouts to earn the victory out of the bullpen for Iona, while Jared Finkel notched the final six outs to record the save.
Swain recorded his second, two-hit performance of the afternoon for the Saints, which have dropped seven straight conference contests -- all at home -- after a promising 5-2 start in MAAC play.
Siena will try to salvage the series and close out the team's 2017 home schedule on a high note Sunday. The series finale is set for noon, with Senior Day festivities honoring the Saints' three seniors Chris Amorosi, Patrick Ortland, Swain set to precede the action at 11:40 a.m.