May 13, 2011
Dan Paolini homered and drove in six runs, and for once he wasn't the biggest story. Freshman Vincent Citro went 6-for-6, and senior Kyle Sumple tossed an 11-strikeout, complete-game shutout as the sizzling Saints pasted Saint Peter's 12-0 Friday, inching closer to a MAAC Tournament bid.
Sumple worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the third by striking out the Peacocks' three and four hitters, and it was smooth sailing from there. The senior limited Saint Peter's to just four hits on the day, while his teammates exploded for 16.
Paolini's 17th home run of the season came with Citro on first base in the third, staking Siena to a quick 3-0 lead. Neither team managed a tally in the middle three innings, but Siena slammed the door in the final third.
Mike Fish's RBI double in the seventh capped a three-run rally, and the Saints were in firm control. Fish finished with three hits on the day. Paolini's two-out, two-run single provided a pair of insurance runs in the eight, and Siena struck four times with two outs in the ninth, with Citro and Paolini finishing off the fun with run-scoring hits.
Siena has won 12 of its last 16 games to seize control of third place in the league standings with an 11-8 conference mark (after beginning the year 1-5 in MAAC play). They finish out their series with the Peacocks with a doubleheader Saturday before returning home to host Marist next Thursday and Friday.