Baseball Inches Closer to Tournament Bye

Matt Quintana lowered his MAAC ERA to 1.53 with three shutout relief innings in game two

May 15, 2014

Final Stats

Siena rebounded from a 10-3 loss to Quinnipiac in game one to earn a crucial 5-2 victory in game two Thursday, lowering their magic number to one for a bye in next week's MAAC Championships. The Saints need a win in the regular-season finale against the Bobcats Friday (rain date Saturday), or one Fairfield loss to clinch the number two seed and subsequent bye. The Stags open a three-game series with Marist at home Saturday.

Game One

Quinnipiac (17-28, 12-9) scored five runs in the second to jump out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in a 10-3 series-opening win.

The Bobcats touched up Siena (21-30, 16-7) ace Matt Gage for 10 hits and seven runs (five earned) in his 5.1 innings of work.

Matthew Batten went 4-for-6 with three RBI and three runs. Siena transfer Lou Iannotti and Mike Blumenthal each had three hits. Blumenthal scored three runs and Iannotti drove in a pair for the Bobcats.

Justin Esquerra had three of Siena's four hits in the opener. The Saints left 12 men on base, failing to take advantage of eight walks and a hit batter.

The Saints cut the deficit to 6-2 with a pair of runs in the fifth when Brian Fay drew a bases loaded walk and Andres Ortiz lined out to center to score Esquerra, but that's as close as they would get.

Quinnipiac scored single runs in the sixth and seventh and put the game away with a pair of runs in the ninth after Mike Williams scored on a wild pitch for Siena in the eighth.



Game Two

Ed Lewicki and Matt Quintana combined to throw a four-hitter and Siena's offense struck early in a key 5-2 win.

John Rooney singled home the game's first run in the first and the Saints were on their way.

Lewicki pitched three scoreless frames to start the game and Siena broke free for three runs in the third to take a commanding 4-0 lead.

Vincent Citro began the three-run rally with his second hit of the game, Mike Allen was hit by a pitch and Esquerra singled down the left field line to score Citro. Rooney drove home Allen with a sac fly, and Brian Fay's RBI single accounted for the final run in the frame.

Allen reached base in all three of his plate appearances in game two, extending his on-base streak to 23 games and his hit streak to eight.

The skies opened up and Lewicki lost command a bit, giving up a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth cutting the Saints' lead to 4-2. Quintana came on with nobody out in the fifth and pitched well to give up just one of two inherited runners. He earned his second save of the season, working three shutout, one-hit innings to close out the game.

Citro and Dan Swain each had two hits for the Saints. Matthew Oestreicher was 2-for-3 for Quinnipiac.

The two teams are scheduled to play the rubber game Friday at noon, but the forecast is ominous. Saturday is the rain date. Siena will honor its seven-member senior class before the game.