Bryan Goossens delivered a solid effort in Siena's series-clinhing win Sunday
May 11, 2014
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Siena struck for three runs in the eighth inning of the rubber game to pull out a 4-3 victory at Rider Sunday and claim another MAAC series. The Broncs won Sunday's first game by the same 4-3 score.
The Saints head into the final week of conference play alone in second place, a game and a half ahead of third place Fairfield and two games clear of hard-charging Monmouth. The top two seeds in the MAAC Championships earn a first round bye.
Game One - Rider 4, Siena 3
Ken Kremer went 2-for-2 and scored the go-ahead run in a two-run fifth as the Broncs evened the series with a tight 4-3 win in the seven-inning contest.
The Saints got the potential tying run to second in the sixth before Tyler Martis lined out, and to third in the seventh after Mike Allen doubled and stole third.
Rider jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first off Siena starter Ed Lewicki, scoring on a Greg Fazio sac fly and a James Locklear RBI single.
The Saints tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth on Martis' RBI groundout and a double-steal.
Kyano Cummings had 1.2 innings of near perfect relief to keep Siena in striking range, allowing just one base runner (walk). Josh Sharik picked up his first save for Rider, working the final 1.2 innings and giving up just two hits.
Game Two - Siena 4, Rider 3
Bryan Goossens and Matt Quintana allowed just three runs combined, and Siena didn't make an error in earning a 4-3 series-clinching win.
Rider again jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the first on a two-run home run by Fazio.
Siena cut the lead in half with a run in the fifth. Brian Fay singled to leadoff the inning, and after Andres Ortiz walked, Dan Swain singled to load the bases. The Saints managed just one tally though, as Martis lined a sac fly to center following a key strikeout.
The decisive rally started with one-out in the eight when Allen singled and Justin Esquerra walked. They advanced to second on a wild pitch following a pitching change, and then both scored on a throwing error. Brian Fay followed with an RBI single to push Siena's lead to 4-2 and provide what proved to be a huge insurance run.
Justin Thomas homered to lead off the ninth, bringing Rider within the final margin. Quintana retired the next two batters, but then gave up a single and hit a batter. The two runners moved up a base on a passed ball, but Kremer flied out to center to end the game.
Goossens worked the first six innings and allowed just the two runs on Fazio's homer in the first. Quintana picked up the victory in relief, allowing only Thomas' homer in the ninth.
Siena plays a non-league game at UMass Tuesday before hosting Quinnipiac Thursday and Friday in the final regular-season games of the season.