May 3, 2011
Ken Kirshner's one-out sacrifice fly in the 10th brought home Dan Paolini with the winning run as the streaking Saints staved off Bryant 4-3 in Loudonville Tuesday. It was the ninth win for Siena in its last 12 games, and 20th victory of the season.
C.J. Sohl improved to 5-1 on the season by pitching the final 3.2 innings without allowing a hit. Sohl was brilliant, entering a 3-3 game in the seventh with the potential go-ahead run on third and just one out. He worked out of trouble with some nifty fielding, pouncing on a come-backer and flipping the ball home to cut off the lead runner. He then got Colin Shepard to groundout for the final out of the seventh, and only one Bryant player reached base the rest of the way.
Mike Fish had three hits to lead the Siena offense, and he scored a run in the Saints' three-run second. Tyler Bell drove home two runs in the second helping Siena to a quick 3-0 lead. The Saints went scoreless their next seven at bats against five different Bryant pitchers, before breaking through against the sixth - Mike Griswold - in the 10th.
Siena used five pitchers, and the Bulldogs managed just one earned run all day.
Kirshner entered the game at first base after catcher Larry Balkwill was forced to leave mid-inning with an injury in the third. He proved to be the hero.
The Saints get back to league action this weekend with a huge series against Canisius here in Loudonville. The Saints and Griffs are separated by percentage points in the league standings. They will meet in a doubleheader Saturday at noon and a single game Sunday at noon.