LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Jordan Bishop delivered the go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Saints fended off a Binghamton rally in the ninth as Siena Baseball defeated the Bearcats 8-7 at Siena Field. Bishop continued his torrid stretch, extending his hitting streak to 10 straight while finishing with three RBI for surging Siena which has won five of seven.
The action picked up late as Binghamton (23-21) harbored a 4-3 advantage heading into the home half of the seventh. The Bearcats had knotted the score with a pair of runs in the fifth, and reclaimed the lead in the sixth on a David Schanz squeeze bunt that chased home Daniel Franchi with the go-ahead run.
But in the bottom of the seventh against the fourth of six Binghamton hurlers, the Saints (18-28) loaded the bases with one out for Bishop. The sophomore delivered the decisive blow with his second hit of the afternoon to put Siena back in front for good at 5-4. The multiple hit performance marked the 21st of the breakout season for the Saints’ second baseman and sixth in his last seven games.
Siena finished with three runs in the seventh – adding a fielder’s choice RBI groundout from Ian Dillard – and added what later proved to be two crucial insurance runs in the eighth highlighted by an RBI single by Phil Madonna to double up the Bearcats 8-4.
But in the top of the ninth Jason Agresti’s three-run home run rallied Binghamton within a run, and later in the frame the Bearcats got the tying run over to third base with two outs. However, Dylan D’Anna bore down to get the final out as Siena cooled off red-hot Binghamton, snapping the America East frontrunner’s eight-game winning streak.
D’Anna recorded the final two outs to save the win for senior Tom O’Brien who tossed two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts to earn his second collegiate victory. Offensively, Ryan Stefaniak came off the bench to chip in with a pair of key hits and runs scored for the Saints which registered 11 hits.
Five Bearcats tallied multiple hits, led by Reed Gamache who recorded three singles to pace Binghamton’s 14-hit attack.
Siena returns to action when they head to New Rochelle, N.Y. to face MAAC rival Iona. It was announced earlier Tuesday that due to the threat of inclement weather, the series has been altered to now feature a doubleheader Thursday beginning at 2 p.m. with the finale scheduled for Friday at 2 p.m.