May 12, 2007
Siena rallied from early 1-0 deficits in both games to complete a convincing 5-3 and 10-1 doubleheader sweep of Canisius in Loudonville Saturday. The victories kept the Saints' slim MAAC Tournament hopes alive with four games remaining in the regular-season.
Craig Chaput (4-7) went seven innings in the opener for the Saints (10-31/8-11) allowing just two runs. He scattered six hits and four walks and had three strikeouts.
Gary DerHagopian's two-run homerun to left field in the bottom of the sixth put Siena ahead for good, 3-2. Chris Klepps had got the Saints even at 1-1 in the fourth with a solo blast, but Ian Choy's RBI single gave Canisius (17-32/10-11) the lead back.
Siena went on to add two insurance runs in the eighth. Jake Willis began the frame with a double and scored on a wild pitch, and DerHagopian singled home Klepps.
The Golden Griffins scored once in their final at bat, but senior James Pacifico came on to get the final out, earning his second save of the season in the process.
Willis and DerHagopian each had two hits for the Saints in the first game. Conor Burke had three hits for the Griffs. Kevin Reimer and Adam Donato each had two.
Siena starter Matt Moberg did not allow a hit after the first inning of game two, as Siena rolled to a 10-1 win thanks to a nine-run third. Choy's RBI opposite field double stayed just inside third base in the first, allowing Burke to score with Canisius' only run of the game. Moberg did not allow another hit.
The sophomore southpaw picked up the complete game, seven inning win. He allowed the one run and two hits and struck out eight.
The Saints scored nine unearned runs in the third thanks in part to two Canisius errors. Freshman Anthony Giansanti, who joined teammate Phil Cahill with three hits, delivered the key blow - a three-run home run to deep left - the first of his college career. Klepps started the scoring with a two-run triple to right center. Cahill and Jason DeFilippo kept the rally alive with key RBI hits.
Willis' sacrifice fly in the sixth completed the scoring, moving the final margin to 10-1. Giansanti had three RBI and a pair of runs to go with his three hits. Cahill had three runs scored and an RBI.
The two teams complete the series Sunday at 12 p.m.