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Christian Santisteban Has 5 Hits as Pioneers Split Doubleheader with Rams

Friday, August 31, 2012 | Categories:
Watertown, NY - Pioneers first baseman Christian Santisteban (Manhattan) began Friday's doubleheader with the Watertown Rams as his team's leader in runs batted in with 13. By the end of the day, Santisteban would add to his total by five to go along with five hits between the two games as the first place Pioneers (11-8) earned a split with the Rams (11-9).
With the Pioneers trailing 2-1 in the second inning of the first game, Santisteban would come up to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the inning. A two-run single would get his night going, and it was only the start. Santisteban came through with another big two-out hit in the fourth inning, an RBI single to score his Manhattan College teammate Chris Kalousdian. Then in the seventh inning, Santisteban topped it all off with a two-run double to give the Pioneers a 7-3 lead, the score by which they would win the first game. Santisteban was at his best to lead Elmira to victory in that first contest, and he showed no signs of slowing down in the second game of the doubleheader. By the time the day was through, Santisteban had added two more hits to complete his five-hit performance in the two games.
In Game 1, Logan Salow (Kentucky) got the start for the Pioneers and earned his first win in an Elmira uniform. He went 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, striking out 5 while walking 3. After Salow allowed two runs in the first inning, the Pioneers offense picked him up, and the rising sophomore left-hander settled down from there. Fellow lefty Matt Horton (Cornell) finished the game in perfect fashion for the Pioneers, tossing two perfect innings with a pair of strikeouts.
In Game 2, Roberto Suppa (Cornell) worked around a bases loaded jam to hold the Rams to only one run, and Derek Deler (Florida International) came up big to make sure that deficit did not last too long. With two outs in the fourth inning, Deler delivered a two-out, two-run double to give the Pioneers a 2-1 lead. Watertown did come away with the victory in the end, but Santisteban and Taylor Hillson (Mansfield) joined Deler in having great games. Hillson went 2 for 3 in the contest, scoring on Deler's double.
Pioneers fans, Dunn Field has been bustling the last two games, with over 3,300 fans attending both contests. Be a part of that energy as the first place Pioneers return to Historic Dunn Field for home games on both Saturday and Sunday. For Saturday's game at 7:05 PM against the Albany Dutchmen, fans in attendance will receive an Elmira Pioneers flag courtesy of Jubilee Foods. Then on Sunday, the Pioneers will take on Watertown once again at 5:05 PM, this time featuring Party Time cowbells to help fans at Dunn Field cheer on their hometown team even louder. For tickets, visit the Pioneers Front Office or call 607-734-2690 for information.
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