May 3, 2014
Siena split a MAAC doubleheader at Manhattan Saturday, winning the opener 7-4 in 10 innings and dropping the nightcap 2-1. The Saints are now tied for first in the league with Canisius with a 13-4 in conference record.
Matt Quintana pitched five innings of two-hit shutout relief to earn the win, and Siena (17-24, 13-4) scored three times in the 10th to earn a 7-4 victory.
The Saints loaded the bases with a hit by pitch, a Dan Swain single and a walk in the decisive 10th. After a popup, Vincent Citro broke the tie with an RBI groundout. The next two runs scored on a fielding error, providing more than enough insurance for Quintana.
Siena jumped out to a 4-0 lead, scoring two runs in the second and third before Manhattan (12-29, 7-13) got on the board with three runs in the third.
Swain had an RBI single in the second and Fay had an RBI safety in the third to highlight Siena's rally.
The Jaspers had four hits in their three run third and they tied the game 4-4 when Siena starter Matt Gage hit Yoandry Galan with the bases loaded in the fifth.
That would be it for Siena's ace, but Quintana delivered his top effort of the season to deliver for the win. The junior reliever struck out five in his five innings of relief and allowed just the two hits and one walk.
Justin Esquerra joined Fay and Swain with two hits for the Saints.
Siena scored a run in the first, but that was the only run they would manage in the seven-inning nightcap.
Ed Lewicki went the distance for the Saints and allowed just five hits and one earned run. His MAAC ERA is just 1.21 this season.
Manhattan tied the game with an unearned run in the second and Brendan Slattery's RBI single in the third provided the winning run.
Manhattan starter Maxx Feldman had to leave the game in the third after getting hit with a line drive, but reliever Sean Abate was excellent, allowing just three hits and no runs over the final 4.2 innings.
Swain completed a fine day at the plate with two hits for the Saints. Slattery had two knocks for the Jaspers.
The two teams will play the rubber game of the three-game MAAC series Sunday at noon.