May 15, 2008
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y - Siena entered its doubleheader at archrival Marist Thursday knowing it needed to either win the series from the Red Foxes or get help to clinch one of the four MAAC Tournament slots. Forget about the help.
Chaput struck out seven and allowed just one run in 7.1 inning of work as the Saints knocked off their archrivals 2-1 in the front end of the doubleheader. Hartman improved to 8-0 on the season in a 10-1 Siena win in the nightcap.
Siena soars into postseason play having posted 18 wins in the 20 games it has played since April 15, including 10 straight victories.
The Saints will be the #3 seed in the MAAC Championships which begin Thursday at Waterfront Park in Trenton N.J., where they will face the #2 seed, either Canisius or Manhattan. The Saints took two of three from the Griffs in Buffalo earlier this season and lost two of three at Manhattan.
Chaput allowed just six hits and was rarely challenged by Marist's offense. Ryan Gauck's eighth inning home run provided the only tally for the hosts. Dan Lazzaroni relieved Chaput shortly after and retired all five men he faced to earn his third save in four games.
Game two had far less suspense.
Siena pounded out 14 hits and broke open a 1-0 game with six runs in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Hartman went the distance, allowing just two hits in his seven innings of work. He will likely get a crack at the school's freshman victories' record (9) in next week's Championships.
Chris Klepps and Eric Mruczek paced Siena's offense with three hits apiece. Klepps scored three times and Mruczek drove in a pair of runs.
Don DiPetta had two hits and began Siena's six-run charge in the fourth with a single to left. He doubled home a pair of runs later in the inning.
Ricky Pacione had both of Marist's hits. The Red Foxes scored their only run on a bases loaded walk in the sixth.
The two schools are scheduled to complete the three-game series Friday at noon.