FISHKILL, N.Y. -- For the fourth consecutive season and fifth time in the past six years, Siena Baseball will play in the MAAC Championship Series. The second seeded Saints staved off elimination twice Friday, ousting No. 6 seed and tournament host Manhattan 15-4 before turning around and knocking out defending MAAC Champion and fourth seeded Canisius 5-0 at Dutchess Stadium.
Siena (25-31), which advances to the MAAC Championship Series for the 10th time in 13 all-time tournament appearances, will face regular season champion and top seeded Fairfield Saturday beginning at noon. The Saints will need to defeat the Stags twice on Saturday if they are to claim the program's sixth MAAC Championship.
Game One: #2 Siena 15, #6 Manhattan 4
Jordan Bishop and Tyler Martis tallied three hits apiece and Dan Swain knocked in three runs while also scoring three times as the Saints routed Manhattan (24-31) to keep their season alive. Siena scored all of their 15 runs over four innings, notching three runs or more in each frame.
The Jaspers jumped out to a quick lead in the opening inning on a two-run home run by MAAC Rookie of the Year Fabian Pena. But in the bottom of the frame, the Saints responded with four runs to claim a lead which they would not relinquish. Jordan Folgers and Fred Smart each delivered RBI hits for Siena during the rally.
The Saints padded their cushion with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run single by Bishop. Manhattan countered with a pair of runs to close within 7-4 in the fifth, but Siena reeled off eight unanswered runs over their final two at bats to pull away.
The Saints took advantage of seven errors by the Jaspers, including four key miscues during a five-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach. Siena also added 14 hits in a complete offensive effort, as eight of the nine Saints recorded hits.
Game Two: #2 Siena 5, #4 Canisius 0
Chris Amorosi pitched the game of his career and freshman Brian Kelly provided all the offense that the Saints would need as Siena denied the defending MAAC Champions a shot at a fifth straight championship series appearance.
Amorosi tossed 7.2 brilliant innings, scattering just five hits while walking three and striking out four. Meanwhile, Goossens came on to record the final four outs to pick up his second save of the night.
Offensively, the Saints scored in each of the first three innings, accounting for four of their five runs. Kelly opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and then deposited his first career home run -- a two-run shot -- over everything in left in the third.