Rider Edges Siena 6-4, Takes Over First in MAAC
Andres Ortiz lined out hard to left with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth, and Rider held off Siena 6-4 to take over first place in the MAAC Sunday in Loudonville. The Broncs struck for five runs in the first two innings and got seven strong innings from Kurt Sowa.
The Siena baseball team returns to the MAAC Tournament this week with sights set on its first MAAC Championship since 1999. The Saints open play tonight at 9 p.m. (due to a rain delay) against host and top-seed Rider at Trenton's Arm & Hammer Park.
Use the links above to access all the live coverage, including our free internet audio broadcast of every Tournament game. Catch up on the team by checking out the 2013 MAAC Tournament guide, and take a closer look inside the numbers below:
Inside the Numbers
- Scored one more run (293) then it has allowed this season (292)
- Went just 3-6 losing two of three in each series vs. Rider, Marist and Canisius and was outscored 46-30 while hitting a collective .230. The Saints went 12-3 against the rest of the league, outscoring its opponents 110-58 and hit .312 as a team.
- Won last 11 MAAC road games to end the regular season, outscoring the opposition 87-37
- Posted a season-high nine-game winning streak spanning just 13 days from Apr. 9-22
- Played first 22 games away from home including 21 true road games posting a 6-16 record before hosting Marist Mar. 28
- 18-5 when scoring first and an impressive 18-1 when leading after just four innings. However, the Saints are just 7-23 when the opponent scores first and have won just twice in 25 games when trailing after six frames.
- 20-3 when scoring seven runs or more
- Mike Fish (CF), Tyler Martis (SS), Andres Ortiz (LF) and John Rooney (RF) started and played in all 53 games at the same position and Fish (third), Larry Balkwill (cleanup) and Martis (ninth) hit in the same spot in the order in every game
- John Rooney posted team bests with a .383 average and .490 on-base percentage while striking out just four times in 81 at-bats in MAAC action
- Mike Allen is the Saints' leading hitter against the three other teams in the MAAC Tournament this season, batting .346 (9-26) with seven RBI
- Freshman Bryan Goossens led the pitching staff in road/neutral games with a 2.60 ERA and walked just one batter in 34.2 innings of work
- The weekend rotation of Matt Gage, Justin Brantley and Ed Lewicki has combined to allow just one home run in 217.2 innings pitched
- In the three-game series vs. Rider, Mike Allen, Larry Balkwill, Mike Fish, Andres Ortiz and John Rooney combined to hit .367 (18-49). The rest of the team combined to hit just 1-39.