Patrick Ortland's two-run single in the fifth put the Saints on top for good
May 10, 2014
Each member of the Saints' starting nine reached base safely and eight recorded hits as Siena Baseball slugged past Rider 11-7 in the series opener in Lawrenceville, N.J. The game was delayed 65 minutes due to lightning and then ended prematurely due to rain in the top of the eighth inning.
The second game of the series was postponed to noon Sunday. The seven-inning affair will be followed by the regularly scheduled nine-inning series finale.
Tied 5-5 in the fifth, freshman catcher Patrick Ortland delivered the go-ahead two-run single to put the Saints (18-28, 14-5) back on top for good. Siena tacked on three insurance tallies in the sixth on run-scoring hits from Justin Esquerra and Andres Ortiz to double up Rider (13-30, 5-12) 10-5.
Esquerra and Ortiz along with Vincent Citro, Brian Fay and Tyler Martis recorded two hits apiece as the Saints banged out 13 in all. Esquerra scored twice as did Citro who slugged a pair of doubles and stole a base.
Justin Thomas notched a pair of hits and drove in four runs for the Broncs and Nick Richter swiped four bags and scored three times for reeling Rider which has lost six straight and remains in last place in the MAAC Standings.
Matt Gage went the first five innings for Siena, allowing six hits and five runs (three earned) while striking out four. Gage earned the win improving to 4-6 as the Saints' offense was able to do enough to overcome four errors.
Siena stands a game and a half behind conference leader Canisius in the race for the MAAC Regular Season Title with five league games left on the Saints' schedule. Siena also stayed a game and a half up on third place Fairfield in the battle to secure one of two First Round byes in the MAAC Tournament. Siena has already clinched a berth to the six-team MAAC Championships May 21-25 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, N.J.