Saints Knock Off Fairfield in Extras, Head to Fishkill on High Note

Justin Esquerra (left) scored the winning run Friday
May 15, 2015

Final Stats

Siena showed grit and determination in its 6-5 regular-season ending victory at Fairfield, two qualities that will come in handy when the MAAC Championships commence five days from now at Fishkill's Dutchess Stadium.

Joe Drpich delivered the game winning hit with two outs in the 11th after Fairfield (17-32, 9-15) had tied the game on Brendan Tracy's two-run homer with two outs in the ninth.

Siena (20-26, 13-8) now knows it will face Monmouth in the 4/5 game Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. The Saints will be the No. 4 seed if Monmouth loses to Rider Saturday. If the Hawks prevail, Siena will be the No. 5 seed.

Steady reliever Kyano Cummings gave up a three-run lead, but he buckled down in extras and struck out six in his four innings of work to secure his third win of the season.

Siena managed just five hits after pounding out 27 in a doubleheader split Saturday, but they made the most of them.

The Saints rallied from a 2-0 deficit, scoring a single run on a Drpich sac fly in the sixth and breaking free for four in the eighth.

Drpich finished 2-for-4 with three RBI, and classmate Jordan Bishop completed a stellar series with two hits and a pair of runs scored.

Siena had runners on first and third with no outs in the 11th, but Bishop was thrown out at the plate trying to score the go-ahead run on Brian Fay's flyout to left. Dave Hoffmann worked a two out walk to move Justin Esquerra into scoring position with two outs, and Drpich delivered the game-winning hit to right field.

 

 

Cummings retired the side in order in the bottom of the 11th, striking out the final two men he faced.

Head coach Tony Rossi used a non-traditional lineup and got four other pitchers work in preparation for the conference championships. Chris Amorosi, Rick Morales, Ryan Bellomo and Taylor Ahearn each showed they will be effective options next week.

Siena takes the league's deepest bullpen to the Tournament, an asset that figures to be tested due to the demanding task of playing in the First Round Wednesday.