May 3, 2005
For a brief moment Tuesday evening, it appeared as if the Siena baseball team was destined to never lose again this season. The Saints rallied from 5-0 and 10-6 deficits to make things interesting, but costly errors and timely hits for the opposition led to a 15-10 setback--the team's first loss at home since April 10, and first overall in its last 10 games.
Catcher Bryan Garrity pounded out four hits and drove in three runs to pace the Minutemen (9-28) attack. His counterpart behind the dish, Pete Paris, had three hits and two RBI to lead Siena's (20-18) offense.
The Minutemen jumped out to a 5-0 lead, scoring single runs in the first and second innings, and three runs in the third. Bryan Adamski, who finished with three hits and as many RBI, delivered the big blow with a two run homerun in the third.
Siena scored six times in the bottom of the third off UMass starter Chris Lloyd to take a 6-5 lead. Paris and Arasin each drove home two runs in the inning and Billy Lazio and Jake Willis collected RBI singles in the six-hit inning.
UMass promptly tied the game in the fourth on Bill Rankin's sacrifice fly. The Minutemen took the lead back in the sixth off Siena reliever James Pacifico on Andy Tuetken's first homerun of the season. In the seventh, the visitors appeared to seize control of the game, scoring three times after a key two-out error extended the inning. The three runs extended the advantage to 10-6, but the Saints again had an answer.
Jake Willis was hit by a pitch to start the eighth, and Pete Paris drove a one-out single to centerfield. After Arasin struck out, Michael Ambury was hit with a 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Matt Gidaly delivered a clutch RBI infield single to short, and leadoff man Chris Klepps walked to force home the second run of the inning. The Minutemen then went to the bullpen for the first time, and summoned reliever Mark Winter. Pinch hitter Eric Hildenbrand drove a 0-2 fastball to centerfield with the bases juiced scoring two runs to tie the game. Aaron Smith came on to retire Gabe Perez with runners at the corners to end the threat.
Seltzer and Gidaly joined Paris with a multi hit game. Each tallied two of Siena's 12 hits.
UMass won the game with five runs in the ninth. Pacifico struck out Curt Szado to start the inning, but then gave up a one out single and an ensuing walk. In one of the game's turning points, Brent Tuetken then grounded sharply toward the left side of the infield. Third baseman Jake Willis had trouble fielding the ball, and as he gathered himself, his hurried throw sailed wide of first base. Both runners scored on the play, and Tuetken advanced all the way to third. He scored on a balk, and after a pair of singles, UMass executed a suicide squeeze to score their fourth run of the inning. Garrity's fourth hit of the day plated the game's final run.
Siena will look to start a new streak Wednesday at 4 p.m. against Army in Loudonville.