Head coach Tony Rossi and the Saints play their first NCAA Tournament game in 15 years Friday night
May 29, 2014
The Siena baseball team opens play in the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship Friday night at 8 p.m. against host #16/10 TCU in the Fort Worth Regional. The game will be broadcast worldwide on ESPN3 and through the WatchESPN app. Fans can access all the live coverage by clicking on the Tournament Central graphic at the top of this page.
"Our kids are ready," Siena coach Tony Rossi, who won his 800th game Sunday, said. "We're going to have to play our game. We're going to need good, solid pitching from our starters. I know our bullpen has been pitching well, so if we can get to the sixth or seventh inning that would be a plus for us."
Siena makes its first NCAA appearances since 1999 thanks to a wild, improbable run through the MAAC Championships last weekend. The Saints dropped their Tournament opener before winning four games in a 30-hour span, culminating with a doubleheader sweep of regular-season champ Canisius on Sunday.
TCU earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning its first-ever Big 12 Title Sunday. The Horned Frogs are 42-15 overall and are hosting their fourth Regional in program history after earning their first-ever national seed (No. 7).
"TCU is an outstanding club, they have an outstanding program," Rossi said. "We expect them to run out some really good arms. Offensively, they're sound. They execute really well. You don't win 40 games without executing."
A pair of junior southpaws will square off on the mound. Ace Matt Gage will start for Siena and Brandon Finnegan gets the ball for the Horned Frogs.
The winner of Friday night's game will advance to face the winner of the Dallas Baptist/Sam Houston State game Saturday at 8 p.m. The losers meet in an elimination game Saturday at 3:30.