Siena Baseball split a Saturday afternoon doubleheader to capture the series from Rider at Sonny Pittaro Field in Lawrenceville, N.J. The Saints won the opener 5-0 behind a complete game two-hit shutout from Kyano Cummings, and the Broncs salvaged the series by scoring 18 unanswered runs over their final three at-bats to claim the nightcap 20-7.
Game One: Siena 5, Rider 0 (7)
Cummings dazzled once again in going the distance to record his third complete game and second shutout of the season. The senior southpaw walked three and struck out three to earn the win after having recorded the final two outs to lock down the save in Friday's series opener.
Siena (15-27, 9-6) took control early claiming a 4-0 lead through three innings. A double steal saw Patrick Ortland swipe second and Matt Hamel take home to open the scoring in the second. The Saints added three more runs in the third, capped by a two-run single from Hamel.
Game Two: Rider 20, Siena 7
Siena led 6-2 in the sixth inning and had held Rider (14-27, 6-9) to just four runs total over the first 21 innings of the series, before the Broncs erupted for 18 runs over their final three at-bats.
Rider began their rally in the home half of the sixth inning, sending 12 men to the plate. Tyler Kaiser, who led off the frame with a single, capped the scoring with a two-run double. After the Broncs added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh, Rider pulled away with a huge 10-run eighth inning.
The Broncs batted around for the second time in three innings -- this time sending 13 men to the plate -- as Rider took advantage of three Siena errors. The Saints made five miscues in all in the game as eight of Rider's 20 runs would be unearned. Jake Bender and James Locklear each provided two-runs hits in the frame and were two of four Broncs to record three hits in a 22-hit barrage. Bender also drove in five runs out of the leadoff spot in the order.
The Saints return to action Saturday when they open a three-game weekend series against Saint Peter's with doubleheader action beginning at noon.