The Siena College baseball team completed an unbeaten weekend with a 6-0 victory and a 5-5 tie against New York Tech on Saturday in Old Westbury. The Saints also won 5-3 in 10 innings on Friday, the 2-0-1 weekend giving Siena a 6-12-1 overall mark.
The Saints got some solid starting pitching from Tommy Miller, Brendan White and Chris Amorosi. Sophomore Miller, from Castleton (Maple Hill), pitched six innings on Friday, giving up seven hits and two runs, both earned, with two walks and six strikeouts. The Saints won it in the 10th on a home run by Alex Brickman of Andover, Mass. and an RBI single by Zach Durfee of Malta (Ballston Spa High). Durfee was 4-for-9 with three RBIs for the weekend.
Freshman White, from Mahopac, tossed a complete game three-hitter with seven strikeouts in the 6-0 victory on Saturday. Durfee was 3-for-3 in the game. In the nightcap, Amorosi, a senior from Schenectady (Schalmont High), pitched 41/3 innings and gave up three hits, four runs, just one earned, with a walk and two strikeouts. In the bottom of the seventh, NYIT had the winning run on third with two outs, but freshman Danny Hobbs of Wilton (Saratoga High) came in and got a strikeout to end the inning and then the game was called because of darkness.
Siena is scheduled to begin its home season against Fairleigh-Dickinson on Wednesday in Loudonville.
An honor for Sacks
University at Albany’s red-shirt senior Kyle Sacks of Clifton Park (La Salle Institute) was named America East Player of the Week (March 21) after going 6-for-11 in a three-game sweep of Hofstra on March 18-19 in Salem, Va. The 5-foot-10, 190-pound outfielder, who played two seasons at SUNY-Canton, is leading the Great Danes with a .320 average. He has 20 hits in 60 at-bats with three doubles, five RBIs and 11 runs scored. He was 5-for-13 as Albany opened America East play losing two of three to Maryland–Baltimore County last weekend in Baltimore. Sacks hit .311 in 53 games for the Great Danes last year.
Career-best for Kalish
RPI pitcher Aaron Kalish posted a career-best 10 strikeouts in a 5-4 victory over Knox on March 15 in Lake Myrtle, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-hander from Clifton Park (Shenendehowa High) worked seven innings and gave up five hits and four runs, two earned, with two walks to lift his early season record to 1-2. Kalish has a 3.68 earned run average having made four starts and working 22 innings. He’s given up 24 hits and 16 runs, nine earned with six walks and 23 strikeouts.
The Engineers are 5-9 and had a four-game Liberty League weekend series with St. Lawrence in Troy postponed because of the weather.
Daly helping Skidmore
Sophomore Ellie Daly of Saratoga Springs (Albany Academies) is starting for the second straight season with the Skidmore women’s lacrosse team, the Thoroughbreds 4-3 after a 15-4 victory over Mount Holyoke on Saturday in South Hadley, Mass. The 5-foot-2 defender has five ground balls, a draw control and three caused turnovers. As a freshman, Daly had 10 ground balls, nine draw controls and was fourth on the team with 14 caused turnovers to help Skidmore post a 10-8 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the Liberty League.
HVCC lacrosse a winner
The Hudson Valley men’s lacrosse team, which won just one game last season, kicked off the season with a 12-8 victory over Brookdale CC on March 17 in Lincroft, N.J. and leading the way was sophomore goalkeeper Jahn Skinner-Ligon. The Shenendehowa High grad from Clifton Park had a career-high 22 saves and he got plenty of help from area freshmen on the scoring end of the field. Mark Calicchia of Loudonville (Shaker High) and Austin Hinderlifter of Ephratah (Johnstown High) had three goals each while former Ballston Spa High athletes Neil Swingruber added two and Aaron Thorpe and Josh Moseman one each.