Saints Split Tight Twinbill With Canisius
Bill Cardona was the unlikely hero for Siena Saturday
Bill Cardona was the unlikely hero for Siena Saturday

May 7, 2011

Final Stats Game 1
Final Stats Game 2

Bill Cardona homered in the bottom of the seventh in the second game and Siena walked off with a 3-2 victory and a Saturday split with Canisius at home. The Griffs outlasted Siena 8-7 in 10 innings in the opener.

Cardona launched a 2-2 pitch deep over the left field wall to lead off Siena's last at bat of the day, breaking a 2-2 tie.

The Saints trailed 1-0 and 2-1 in the second game, but rallied to pull out a gritty win. Justin Brantley pitched the first 6.2 innings for the Saints, but was relieved by Ryan Poplawski in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third and two outs. Poplawski struck out Andrew Russo to work out of trouble, and ultimately earn the win.

Shane Davis went the distance for Canisius, and suffered his fifth loss of the season. Davis entered the week, tied for the national career active lead in victories with 34.

Drew Pettit went 4-for-4 in the nightcap for the Griffs, completing a sensational day at the plate. He was 4-for-5 in the opener with two RBI.

Siena scored four runs in the first inning of the first game, batting around and knocking Griffs' ace Billy Martin from the game. Canisius chipped away, eventually tying the game with three runs in the fifth, before taking a 7-5 lead with single runs in the sixth and seventh.

The Saints tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but they could have done much more damage. John Rooney walked with the bases loaded, and Vincent Citro was hit by a pitch to bring home the second run. Canisius then made its third pitching change of the inning with slugger Dan Paolini at the plate and the bases loaded with two outs. Paolini worked a 3-0 count, but Chris Cox came all the way back to strike him out and keep the game tied.



Canisius won it on Brian Burton's long RBI single to right field in the top of the 10th. The ball was on the inside of the foul line by inches, one hopping off the fence, and allowing Chris Guarin to score all the way from first with the winning run.

Cox worked the final 2.1 innings to pick up the win for Canisius and struck out five.

Vincent Citro, Kyle Baldani and Adam Guinn each had two hits for Siena in the opener.

The two teams remain separated by the slimmest of margins in the MAAC standings. The winner of tomorrow's series finale, set for noon at Siena Field, will have an inside track at the MAAC Tournament entering the final stretch run.

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