LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Baseball opens a three-game Easter Weekend series against MAAC rival Canisius on Good Friday, with doubleheader action beginning at noon. Both games of the twin bill will be webstreamed online in HD at SienaAllAccess.com.
A.J. Kanell has the call of today's doubleheader on SienaAllAccess.com. Games can be viewed for $7.95, by clicking the corresponding links at the top of the release. Viewers can catch all the action on their iOS (Apple) devices as well as those that support Adobe Flash 10.1 or greater (Android devices) in addition to their laptops, desktops and tablets.
Features to the Siena All-Access platform include live stats and ticker updates with important game information, as well as twitter updates. Additionally, all games are archived upon their conclusion and can viewed at any time through the on-demand feature.
Today's doubleheader features the continuation of a season long, nine-game homestand for Siena (11-16-1, 4-2), spanning just 11 days. The Saints played their first 23 games of 2017 away from home, which included Siena's first five scheduled dates at Siena Field wiped out due to weather. The Saints have begun their first homestand 2-3, and following this weekend's conference series, will conclude the program's longest homestand since playing 10 straight in Loudonville in Apr. 2009 when they host Central Connecticut Tuesday.
Senior centerfielder Dan Swain will look to achieve a personal milestone this weekend. The Newton, Massachusetts native enters Friday needing just one more hit in his quest to become just the 13th player in program history to record 200 career hits. Vincent Citro and John Rooney were the last Saints to achieve the milestone, reaching the benchmark during Siena's 2014 MAAC Championship season.
Siena has won each of its first two MAAC series, taking two of three from both Manhattan and Monmouth. The Saints have triumphed in nine consecutive MAAC regular season series dating back to last year, and have won 10 of their last 13 regular season conference games overall.
Despite returning seven members of their starting lineup from a team which finished second in the conference and advanced to the league championship series for the fifth time in six years in 2016, Siena was predicted to finish sixth according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Meanwhile Canisius (18-13, 2-4), which finished in a three-way tie for second with the Saints and Monmouth last season, is projected to finish second and received a first-place vote. The Golden Griffins took two of three from Monmouth to capture their first MAAC series, but were swept by a combined score of 34-14 last weekend at Marist.
Today's matchups begin another chapter in what has become a tightly contested series in recent years between the budding MAAC rivals. The programs met in three straight MAAC Championship Series from 2013-15, with the Golden Griffins winning in both 2013 and 2015 with a Siena victory sandwiched in between in 2014. Overall, the program's have met in five of the past six MAAC Tournaments, with each side winning four times.
Siena has played Canisius more times than any other opponent (123), and holds a commanding 75-48 (.610) advantage in the all-time series. Niagara (77) is the only program which the Saints have defeated more times that the Golden Griffins. The programs met five times last season, with Siena taking two of three regular season matchups in Buffalo Apr. 1-2. The fourth seeded Golden Griffins defeated No. 2 seed Siena 8-4 in the Saints' MAAC Tournament opener May 26 in Fishkill, New York, but Siena came back to end the Golden Griffins' season with a 5-0 shutout triumph in an elimination game the next day. The Saints have won the regular season series between the programs in each of the past three years, winning two of three each time.