Streaking Saints Win Ninth Straight; Sweep Iona 6-2 and 5-4
May. 2, 2005
Gabe Perez gave junior standout John Lannan all the support he needed in the opener, and the red hot Siena baseball team hung on for a 5-4 win in the nightcap to complete a three-game sweep of Iona in New Rochelle Monday. The Saints, who have won nine straight games, host UMass at Siena Field tomorrow at 4 p.m. and Army on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Game 1 (scheduled for seven innings)
Lannan worked all seven innings to pick up his fifth complete game of the season and move to 6-2 on the year. He has won 10 of his last 11 MAAC starts dating back to last season, and lowered his team-leading ERA to 2.79. On this day, he allowed just five hits and struck out seven.
The Saints seized control of the game with six runs in the first two innings. After Scott King singled to centerfield to start the game, Perez hit his fourth homerun of the season to left centerfield to put the Saints up 2-0. Siena struck for four runs in the second. Bill Lazio walked to start the frame and advanced to second on an Eric Hildenbrand single. The pair moved up a base on a wild pitch, and Michael Ambury doubled them home. King singled with one out to put runners at the corners and Chris Klepps drove home Ambury with a sacrifice fly to right. The Saints got their sixth run on a two-out double by Perez.
Lannan limited the Gaels to just two hits through the first six innings. The Gaels rallied in the bottom of the seventh, getting back-to-back RBI singles from Nick Capowski and Lawrence Taylor, before Siena turned a tough double play to end the game.
Perez and King each had three hits to pace the ever improving Siena offense. Lazio and Hildenbrand each had two of the team's 11 hits.
Game 2 (scheduled for nine innings)
Siena again jumped out to an early lead with three big runs in the first inning. King walked and advanced to second on Klepps first of three hits in the game. After Perez and Jake Willis were retired, Rick Seltzer delivered a key double to right field that scored both runners. Pete Paris singled home Seltzer to make the score 3-0.
Saints starter Josh Burnett earned his third win of the season, pitching seven strong innings. He did not give up a run until the sixth. Iona turned a rare triple play in the third inning of game two, as Lopez made a great catch of a popped up bunt and then threw to second and on to first to double up both of the baserunners.
The Saints took a 4-0 lead in the fourth, as Seltzer began the inning with his second double of the game and scored on Lazio's groundout.
Iona scored a run in the sixth and seventh to cut the lead in half at 4-2. Dan Potocki singled and scored in the sixth, and the Gaels took advantage of a Capowski leadoff double to score another run in the seventh. Capowski had two doubles on the day, going 2-4 and adding a run scored.
The Saints struck back for a run in the top of the eighth, as Willis began the inning with a double, and came around to score on a Lazio triple. The Gaels battled back in the eighth, chasing Burnett from the game with back-to-back hits to start the inning--the second of which scored a run. Reliever Craig Chaput came out of the pen, and pitched brilliantly to work out of trouble, and ultimately earn the save.
Dan Rodriguez singled home a run in the ninth for the Gaels to make the score 5-4, but Chaput retired Potocki with a grounder to first to end the threat.