LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Iona scored six unanswered runs over the final three innings to rally past Siena Baseball 8-3 and complete the series sweep at Siena Field. Junior first baseman Joe Drpich homered for the fourth straight game for the Saints.
Alex Beckett delivered the go-ahead RBI single during a three-run eighth inning for Iona (17-17, 10-5), which rallied past Siena (14-24-2, 5-10) with a late offensive surge for the second straight contest. The Gaels closed out the middle game of the series yesterday by scoring the final eight runs to complete the sweep of the series-opening doubleheader.
Senior centerfielder Dan Swain recorded his third straight two-hit game of the series for the Saints, while juniors Jordan Bishop and Dan Lowndes also added two hits apiece for Siena which dropped its eighth straight conference contest -- all at home -- following a promising 5-2 start in MAAC action.
Bishop drew the Saints even with a two-run double in the third, and Drpich followed with what appeared to be the go-ahead, two-run home run. But Iona right fielder Seth Hoagland made a tremendous leaping catch at the wall to keep the score deadlocked.
However, Drpich would get his revenge in his next at-bat in the fifth, as he launched a no-doubter well over the right field wall -- and far from the reach of Hoagland -- to put Siena on top 3-2. The solo blast was the junior's ninth of the season and 25th already for his career, moving him into a tie with Steve Borg '87 for sixth on the program's all-time home runs list.
One of the Saints' three seniors honored pregame on Senior Day along with Swain and Patrick Ortland, southpaw Chris Amorosi made the most of his final appearance at Siena Field. He tossed six strong innings, allowing just one hit and a pair of unearned runs while striking out four, and departed with the lead.
But the Gaels, who amassed 29 runs in the series after having entered the weekend averaging just 4.6 runs per game on the season, once again came through with clutch hits. Sean Breen knotted the score with an RBI single in the seventh, and following Beckett's go-ahead hit, Iona tacked on four more late insurance runs to seal the victory.
Siena will now spend the entirety of the Month of May on the road, as the Saints are scheduled to play their final 10 regular season games -- and last three conference series -- away from home. Siena opens a three-game weekend series at MAAC foe Saint Peter's Saturday, with doubleheader action commencing at noon in Jersey City, New Jersey.