May 10, 2008
The Siena baseball team swept a televised doubleheader from visiting Iona 5-1 and 10-5 Saturday at Siena Field to even its overall record at 24-24. By virtue of Canisius' sweep at Fairfield, the Saints moved into third place in the league standings by themselves with four games remaining. The top four teams will advance to the MAAC Championships May 22-24 at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J.
Senior Craig Chaput pitched eight strong innings in his final start at Siena Field in the opener before giving way to freshman Dan Lazzaroni with two men on in the ninth. Chaput struck out seven and allowed just five hits and one earned run. The lone blemish on his line was the issuance of six walks. Lazzaroni was credited with the save after entering in the ninth with the tying run on deck. He induced a double play on his first pitch and a fly out to end the game.
The Saints (24-24/12-8) broke the ice in the fourth when Jacob Willis scored on Eric Mruczek's double play ground out. In the fifth, they ran their lead to 3-0 on an RBI double by Seltzer and a sacrifice fly by classmate Chris Klepps.
Mike Walraven's leadoff home run in the sixth accounted for Iona's (4-41/4-19) only run. Siena added two insurance runs in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Moises Rivera and a RBI double by DeFilippo.
Freshman Zach Hartman improved to 7-0 in the second game with a complete game showing. He allowed eight hits and five earned runs, but closed the game with three scoreless frames.
Siena took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run home run by Willis. Iona used a four-run third to take a 4-2 lead on a rally highlighted by Andrew Passerelle's two-run home run to right centerfield.
The Saints exploded for seven runs in their half of the third to take control of the game. DeFilippo and Nick Messinger had back-to-back two-RBI doubles to break the game open. Kevin Quaranto and Klepps each had RBI singles in the seven-hit inning.
Klepps finished the second game 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Willis, Quaranto and Messinger each had two hits.
Joe Lorenzo joined Passerelle with a multi-hit game for the Gaels. The Iona bullpen did not allow an earned run in 3.1 innings of work.
The two teams complete their three-game set Sunday at noon. Siena will honor its 10-member senior class in a pregame ceremony at 11:45. The Saints have won 15 of their last 17 games.