March 28, 2006
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Gabe Perez homered twice as the Siena baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit to snap a six-game losing streak with a 13-10 win over Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon at Siena Field. The Crusaders fall to 9-7 on the season, while the Saints improve to 3-16.
Junior Jamie Aldrich extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate. Aldrich roped two doubles and had three RBI, with a run scored. Senior Tucker Frawley kept his five game hitting streak in tact after going 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Kyle Lister went 2-for-5 with three RBI and Brendan Akashian went 2-for-3 with an RBI, to account for six of the Crusaders' 14 hits on the day.
Holy Cross put up five runs in the third on four hits off of Siena starter Trevor Reid. Norm Roth led off the inning with a double and later scored on Andrew Sweeney's sacrifice fly to center. Aldrich scored later in the inning on a wild pitch and then Lister jacked a three-run shot to left center as the Crusaders took command of the game in the early going.
But Siena responded with five runs in the bottom-half of the inning. Perez' first homerun of the day made the score 5-2 and a two-run double off the bat of Chris Klepps got Siena within one before Klepps came around to score on the play on an overthrow to tie the game.
Reid then settled down on the hill and held the Crusaders scoreless, giving up just two hits through the middle three innings. The Saints rallied to take their first lead with three runs in the fourth. Perez lined a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall with Michael Ambury on base to put Siena up, 7-5. Rick Seltzer's double later in the inning plated Bill Lazio with Siena's eighth run. Nick Messenger then scored on a wild pitch after singling with one out on the fifth.
Holy Cross battled back with three runs in the seventh to cut the lead to one (9-8). Two of the Crusaders' three runs were unearned, with the help of two Siena fielding errors. Aldrich sent an RBI double down the right field line to account for the other Holy Cross run.
But Siena scored four more runs in the eighth to take a 13-8 lead and essentially seal the victory.
The Crusaders tried to rally in the ninth, scoring two runs in the final at-bat and bringing the potential-tying run to the plate, but reliever Andy Wells worked out of trouble striking out the final two batters of the game.
Wells picked up his first collegiate save pitching three innings of relief, allowing one earned run. Reid improved to 1-2 on the season with the victory.
Holy Cross starter Matt Blake allowed six runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Holy Cross continues its road trip on Wednesday, March 29, when the team travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a 3:00 PM game at Boston College. The Crusaders then head to Annapolis, Md., on April 1-2 for their first dose of 2006 Patriot League competition with four-game weekend series against Navy.