Sophomore Matt Gage threw a three-hit shutout to lead the Siena baseball team past Canisius 4-0 in the final game of a three-game set Sunday in Loudonville. The Saints shaved their heads following the game to raise awareness for childhood cancer, and raised over $8,000 for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.
Gage went the distance and was never seriously threatened. He walked just one batter, and no Canisius player reached third base the entire day.
Brian Fay's two-out single drove home the first run in the third, and the Saints struck for three runs with two outs in the fifth. Larry Balkwill doubled home Mike Fish - who had three hits - for the Saints second run, and then Canisius' starter Devon Stewart got wild.
Stewart hit Mike Allen with the bases loaded, and then walked Nick Wolyniec. That was more than enough run support for Gage.
It was a key win for Siena which had lost four straight MAAC games after starting the year 10-3. Other league results went the Saints' way as well, meaning with wins in four of its last six MAAC games (at Saint Peter's next weekend and vs. Manhattan May 16-17), Siena would assure itself a MAAC Tournament berth.