May 24, 2013
Senior Mike Allen had four hits and three RBI, and Andres Ortiz had three hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth that put Siena up for good in a 12-5 elimination game victory over Marist Friday night in Trenton. The Saints advance to play at 6 p.m. Saturday against the loser of today's Rider vs. Canisius game.
"We got great contributions up and down the lineup," veteran head coach Tony Rossi said. "We did the things that got us here tonight."
Matt Quintana pitched 5.2 innings of stellar relief to pick up his fifth win of the season (5-1). Quintana entered with the bases loaded in the fourth, and although he allowed all three runs to score, he gave up just one run over his final five innings of work, and none in the last three.
"Matt was tremendous," Rossi said. "I knew we would need him again tonight, and he did a great job working ahead of hitters all night."
The Saints trailed 4-3 when Ortiz hit the first home run of the Tournament - a two-run shot with Tyler Martis on third. Siena and Marist each scored in the fifth, and after the Saints pushed across an insurance run in the seventh they broke the game open with a five-run eighth. Brain Fay and Allen each had bases-loaded, two-run doubles in the eighth.
Allen improved to 6-for-9 in the Tournament with his four-hit night, and Ortiz provided the muscle from the two spot in the lineup. Martis reached base in four of his five plate appearances at the bottom of the order, finishing 2-for-3 with two walks.
"We have a good offensive team, and as we get deeper in the Tournament, we're going to need to put up runs like we did tonight," Rossi said. "We had some really good at bats against two great pitchers."
Marist starter Brett Houseal baffled Siena, working all 11 innings in a 2-1 win in Loudonville in late March. He gave up eight hits and five runs in 4.1 innings Friday, before giving way to Kevin McCarthy, who shared the league's Relief Pitcher of the Year award this season.
The Saints kept the pressure on McCarthy all night, pushing across seven runs on seven hits and four walks in his three innings of work. Eight of Siena's nine batters hit safely, but the 3-5 hitters went just 3-for-13, and leadoff man Vincent Citro was 0-for-5.
Matt Pagano, Nick McQuail and Graham McIntire each had two hits for Marist which ended its season with a 27-24-1 record.
The Saints are now a victory away from reaching the Championship Round for the third time since 2008.