MONMOUTH, N.J. — Siena’s baseball season ended in heartbreaking fashion Saturday, as Monmouth’s Alex Barker hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Hawks a 6-4 win over the Saints in the deciding third game of the teams’ MAAC quarterfinal series.
Siena (No. 7 seed, 15-24 overall) got off to a hot start with four runs in the second inning against MAAC Pitcher of the Year Rob Hensey, highlighted by Evan St. Claire’s two-run double. However, that was all the offense Siena managed for the day, as Monmouth (No. 2 seed, 24-11) reliever Danny Long allowed just one hit and one walk over 5 1-3 shutout innings.
Monmouth scored a run each in the sixth and seventh inning, then put together the winning rally in the ninth by loading the bases on a walk, a hit batter and a single before Barker’s grand slam to right ended the game.
The game was halted for several minutes in the top of the fifth inning following an incident that saw personnel from both benches spill onto the field. The incident stemmed from a play at third base where Siena’s Eddie Sweeney was tagged out attempting to steal and shoved Monmouth third baseman Johnny Zega in the aftermath. The incident led to five ejections.
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