May 13, 2007
The team that couldn't win for much of the season may have picked the perfect time to figure it out. Fueled by its suddenly resurgent bullpen, Siena rallied past Canisius for the third straight game, completing an improbable weekend sweep with a 6-5 triumph Sunday in Loudonville.
Sizzling hot freshman Gary DerHagopian drove in the go-ahead run with a single to left in the seventh. The hit capped off a furious rally in which the Saints scored six times over four innings to erase a 4-1 deficit.
Senior relievers Trevor Reid and James Pacifico combined to sacrifice just one run and three hits over the final four innings to allow for the comeback. Reid earned his first win of the season. Pacifico, who struck out the side in the ninth, picked up his second save of the weekend.
With the victory, Siena moves to 9-11 in MAAC play. The Saints are alone in seventh place, slightly behind Canisius (10-12) with three regular-season games remaining. Rider and Marist entered the day tied for fourth with 11-11 records. To grab one of the four MAAC Tournament spots, the Saints will likely need to sweep their series with Marist Thursday and Friday and get some help. Still, the task is more reasonable than it seemed yesterday morning.
Connor Burke led off the game with a home run to left field to give the Griffs a 1-0 lead for the third straight game. His two-run home run in the fifth made the score 4-1, and ultimately chased Siena starter Craig Marcellus from the game.
Chris Klepps singled home a run in the fifth, and the Saints took advantage of a key Canisius error to tie the game in the sixth. With runners on second and third and one out, Anthony Giansanti's ground ball eluded short stop Alec Cabello. Although DerHgopian would have scored anyway, the miscue allowed Jason DeFilippo to come across with the tying run.
In its next at bat, Siena put up two runs - the first coming on DerHagopian's single, and the second on Jake Willis' sacrifice fly. Leading 6-4, the Saints turned the game over to their bullpen.
Canisius manufactured a run after a leadoff double by Kevin Reimer in the eighth, but Pacifico relieved Reid to close the door. Catcher Phil Cahill gunned down Perry Silverman on an attempted steal to end the eighth, and Pacifico struck out the side in order - including a game-ending strikeout of Burke with a 3-2 slider - to clinch the win.
Siena and Marist meet for a doubleheader here in Loudonville Thursday at noon. The regular-season concludes with series finale Friday at noon.