May 11, 2003
Marist (29-16-1/17-7 MAAC) scored all 14 of its runs with two outs, and broke open a 1-0 game with nine in the fourth inning en route to a 14-6 MAAC victory over Siena (17-32-1/15-8 MAAC). The win snapped an eight-game MAAC winning streak for Siena, which had swept a doubleheader from the Red Foxes yesterday.
Marist got on the board in their first at bat, as Andy Kiriakedes worked a one-out walk and came around to score on Mike Sidoti's two-out single through the left side of the infield. The teams then exchanged zeoes until the fourth, when the Red Foxes put to rest the outcome.
After Siena cut down first baseman John McGorty at the plate for the second out of the inning, John Griffiths hit a ball deep in the hole at short. Siena's Blake Hanan made the only play he could, quickly firing the ball to second to try to get the force, but the ball arrived just late. The next seven Marist batters would each reach base, as Eric Johnson began the onslaught with a sharp single to centerfield plating two runs. Keith Brachold, Kiriakedes, and Jimmy Board each collected RBI hits in the frame, and when the dust settled Marist had built a 10-0 lead.
The damage was more than enough insurance for last year's MAAC Pitcher of the Year Chris Tracz, who allowed just one unearned run in his six innings of work, picking up his seventh win of the year. Hanan provided the wood on the unearned tally driving an RBI single to left in the bottom of the fourth. Tony Cipolla, who collected three hits on the afternoon, scored the Saints first tally.
Marist added a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings, the first two coming McGorty's fourth home run of the season and the next on RBI hits by Brachold and Eric Perlozzo.
The Siena bats awoke in the final third of the game, as the Saints registered five runs to tighten the margin. Senior backstop Matt Mueller, playing in his final home game, drove in two runs with a two-out safety in the seventh.
Hanan again drove an RBI single to left in the eighth, sparking a mini rally thatr would culminate in a Chris Del Vecchio RBI single left centerfield. It would be the last at bat at Siena Field for Del Vecchio, one of four seniors who was honored before the game.
Siena now likely still has some work to do later this week when they travel to play conference-leader LeMoyne in their final regular-season games of the year in Syracuse Thursday and Friday. The Saints are currently in third place in the MAAC standings with the top four team's qualifying for the MAAC Championships to be played May 22-24 at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill.