The Senior trio of Josh Kean
, Ryan Finn
and Jim Buckley
all hit home runs enroute to a 14-3 trouncing of Canisius College in game one of a doubleheader today in Buffalo. Finn also became the first Siena player to hit for the cycle since the program turned Division I prior to the 1976-77 season. Dave Pachucki (New Hampton, N.Y./Goshen), another senior went the distance, allowing only five hits, fanning 11 Golden Griffins and allowing only one walk.
The Saints were also able to hit their way to an impressive 8-1 victory in game two.
Game one's high scoring affair began in the top of the second inning when Jim Buckley (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill) homered to left field off starter Tyler Hoosik. Canisius answered in their half of the second with an RBI-single, tying the game. In the third, Kevin Roberts grounded out, scoring Blake Hanan who had moved to third when Fausto Franco sacrificed. Josh Kean (S. Colonie, N.Y./South Colonie/SCCC) then went deep for his fifth home run of the season. Siena scored again in the fifth with Ryan Finn's (Clinton, N.Y./Clinton) bomb went over the left field wall, plating three runs. After adding one in the seventh, the Saints batted around in the visitor half of the eighth inning to combine for six runs on four hits. Canisius scored one run in both the bottom of the eighth and ninth, but were unable to come close to a win. Siena rang up another run in the top of the ninth to make the final score 14-3.
A seven-inning regulation match, game two starter Sophomore Josh Copskey (Stratford, N.J./Glouster Catholic) took the complete-game win, allowing only one run (unearned) on five Griff hits and striking out five. The Green and Gold Bats took up where they had left off in game one, plating two runs in the top of the second. Kevin Roberts (Utica, N.Y./Notre Dame) doubled in Fausto Franco and Matt Mueller. Josh Kean added a run in the third, scoring on a wild pitch (Kean scored on wild pitches twice). Freshman Luis Khoury, the reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week, singled through the left side in the fifth, scoring Finn. Also in the fifth, Matt Mueller (Santa Clara, Calif./Cupertino-DeAnza College) scored Buckley with his single through the right side. The Golden Griffs were able to score in the bottom of the seventh, but were yet again unable to tackle the Saints commanding lead.
The Green and Gold stand at 24-23 overall with a 14-5 Metro Atlantic Athletic Baseball Conference mark. Canisius fell to 4-31 overall, 3-17 in MAAC play. Siena has won 12 of their last 15 and are 24-9 since starting the year 0-14.
Siena will go for its fourth consecutive MAAC series-sweep tomorrow against the Golden Griffins in Buffalo. The starting pitch is set to be thrown at noon.