May 11, 2002
Marist College topped Siena 3-2 and 2-1 to sweep a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference games Saturday afternoon in Poughkeepsie. The Red Foxes battled back from an early one-run deficit and held off a late Siena rally in the nightcap in solidifying their share of the MAAC lead.
Fausto Franco doubled and came around to score the day's initial run on a fielding error in the third inning. The Red Foxes, however, quickly responded off Siena starter Dave Pahucki, striking for two runs in their next at bat. Not to be outdone, Jim Buckley singled home the tying run in the sixth inning, but Marist responded with the eventual game-winner on an RBI groundout by catcher by Mike Sidoti in the bottom half of the inning. Sidoti narrowly beat out a potential double play.
The Saints had their chances-the final of which came following a two-out triple by senior Josh Kean in the eighth inning. Senior slugger Ryan Finn flied deep to right centerfield to end the threat.
Dave Pahucki suffered the hard-luck complete game defeat working eight strong innings and allowing just two earned runs and five hits. The senior right struck out four batters and walked one. Chris Tracz picked up his ninth victory of the season pitching eight solid inning for the victors. Chris Homer picked up his first of two saves on the day striking out one Saint in the ninth.
The Red Foxes carried the momentum of their first win into the second, tallying single runs in their first two at bats off Saints' starter Josh Copskey. Copskey settled down and pitched the remainder of the seventh inning contest brilliantly, but the Marist pitching staff made the lead hold up. Kevin Ool improved to 8-3, pitching six innings without issuing a run.
two-out solo home run to left field (his fifth in four games) provided the only offense for the Saints. Siena again had its share of opportunities-failing to score despite three hits in the fifth inning. In that frame, Finn led off with a single and was picked off in a crucial sequence. Buckley followed with a hit as did outfielder Luis Khoury
, but each would be stranded. Khoury joined Kean with a multi-hit nightcap.
The two teams will conclude their three game set at noon tomorrow.