The Siena baseball team rested its frontline pitching Thursday, but the Saints still managed a doubleheader split with rival Manhattan at home. Siena dropped the opener 6-3, but rallied for a 12-5 win in the second game to snap a 10-game series losing streak against the two-time defending MAAC Champions.
Siena moved into third place in the MAAC with the split, overtaking Canisius which was swept in a doubleheader at home by Fairfield today.
Siena exploded for seven runs in the second of the second game, a rally highlighted by Mike Fish's MAAC-leading 12th home run of the season - a three-run blast to left center.
It was the second appearance on the afternoon for Quintana, and both were flawless. He worked a perfect eighth in the opener with two strikeouts, and entered with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth in game two and retired all five men he faced.
Manhattan scored twice in the first and three times in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead it would not relinquish in the opener. John Soldinger picked up the win with seven workmanlike innings in the final outing of his career for Manhattan. Joe McClennan went 2-for-5 with two RBI to pace the Jaspers' offense.
Larry Balkwill went 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored for the Saints. Quintana and Neil Fryer each pitched scoreless frames out of the pen.
The two teams will complete their three-game series at noon Friday. Prior to the game, at 11:40 a.m., Siena will honor the six members of its senior class.