LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- The Siena baseball team captured the program's fifth MAAC championship Sunday with back-to-back wins over Canisius.
And with the championship, comes an automatic bid into this year's NCAA tournament, something the team has waited 15 years to be a part of.
The Saints started the season with 17 straight losses and also faced four elimination games in the MAAC tournament.
"Still gotta pinch me and wake me up. We saw our name on ESPN. We won the tournament. It's awesome,” said Vincent Citro, Siena infielder.
"Honestly, I wasn't really expecting to go to TCU. I thought we were gonna go somewhere on the east coast like Virginia or Florida but I was real excited when I saw it. To go to Texas and play a team like that, it's going to be a lot of fun. I'm sure the environment is gonna be crazy and I just can't wait,” said outfielder John Rooney.
"I think TCU is a good draw for us, going out there. The other two clubs, I don't know anything about we'll have to figure it out pretty soon and what they are about,” said Siena head coach Tony Rossi.
Siena has only played in the big dance once before back in 1999 and has never won an NCAA Tournament game, something they admittedly have already imagined.
“It’s our team goal. We accomplished most of our team goals this year. If we can pull out a win in the NCAA’s, it’s gonna be even bigger,” said Siena pitcher Matt Gage.
The Saints will play the seventh overall seed, TCU horned frogs on Friday at 8 p.m. The game can be viewed on ESPN 3.