May 11, 2008
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Senior Moises Rivera had four hits and two RBI in his final game at Siena Field as Siena rallied from an early deficit to complete a three-game sweep of Iona Sunday. The Saints' eighth consecutive victory pushed the team's record over .500 for the first time this season. It was also the 16th win in 18 games for the surging Saints who complete regular-season play with a three-game set at Marist Thursday and Friday.
Siena (25-24/13-8 MAAC) honored the 10 members of its accomplished senior class in a special ceremony preceding the final home game of the season.
Iona (4-42/4-20) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second, scoring their first run on an RBI single by Kevin Mollema and their second on a wild pitch. Siena quickly answered with three runs in the home half of the frame. Kevin Quaranto and Rivera had RBI singles and Chris Klepps scored on a fielding error.
After the Gaels tied the game on Ralph Marzella's RBI hit in the third, the Saints grabbed the lead for good with two runs in the fourth. Don DiPetta and Klepps each picked up RBI in the fourth with sharp singles to left field. Both players finished the game with two hits.
Siena starter Will Hassett settled down and worked six solid innings despite not having his best stuff. Hassett allowed eight hits and just two earned runs.
Quaranto's second of three hits produced another run in the sixth, making the score 6-3. Iona pulled closer in the eighth when Marzella scored on Mollema's ground out, but Dan Lazzaroni entered in relief to close the door en route to his second save of the weekend.
Siena added an insurance run in the eighth on Rivera's double down the left field line.
The Saints received additional help from MAAC member Canisius which completed a three-game sweep at Fairfield with a 13-7 win Sunday. Siena now knows if they win two of three games at archrival Marist later this week they will finish no worse than third in the regular-season standings. The top four teams advance to the MAAC Championships May 22-24 at Waterfront Park in Trenton, N.J.