May 4, 2006
Amherst, Mass - Siena bounced back from its first loss in seven games with a 5-4 road win at Massachusetts Thursday. Andy Wells picked up the victory in relief, and Sean Keeler earned his first save of the season. The Saints offense managed 12 hits.
Leading the Minutemen (10-23) was Travis Munsey, who was 2-3 on the day with three RBI.
Siena opened the scoring in the top of the second, with Nick Messinger bringing in Jason DiFilippo from second base. DiFilippo had previously doubled with a fly out to center to bring him within scoring distance, and Messinger's single turned into a double with the UMass error.
The Minutemen responded with two in the bottom of the same inning, both on Travis Munsey's two-RBI single out to right field. Bill Rankin and Charlie Kelly came in on the play before Munsey himself was tagged out at second to end the inning.
With Scott King on second after singling and advancing after a wild pitch in the third, Jacob Willis brought him in on a double, regaining the one-run lead for Siena. The Saints added on to that with Gabe Perez' home run in the top of the seventh. Later in the inning, with runners on second and third, King scored on Chris Klepps' single to left to make it a 5-2 game before Ryan Walczak came into the game for the Minutemen. Walczak retired the final batter to end the offensive outburst.
King, Willis, Klepps and Defillipo each had two hits for Siena.
UMass climbed back in it late in the seventh with a sacrifice bunt by Munsey, bringing in Kelly for the second this afternoon. Marc Dallaire, pinch running for Frank McPherson, made it a 5-4 game with Lou Proietti's RBI single to third to close the inning.
Keeler pitched the final two and a third innings and did not allow a hit. The Saints travel to Marist this weekend for a key three-game MAAC series.