Feb. 16, 2003
Miami-Florida International (10-1) scored in all eight of their at bats including four runs in each of the first two innings en route to a 17-5 victory over Siena (0-3) in the final game of a three-game weekend set in Miami Sunday afternoon. Skip Adams collected three hits and five RBI for the victors. Brent Kunkle had two hits and two RBI for the Saints.
The Golden Panthers jumped all over Siena starter Josh Copskey, who was charged with eight earned runs in his 1.2 innings of work. Copskey hit the first two batters of the game, contributing to the staff's weekend total of 12 hitbatsman. Ricardo Ninita's sharp single scored the first run and Adams' double off the leftfield wall plated the next two.
Siena put their leadoff man on base in each of their first four at bats, but failed to score until the third inning. Trailing 8-0, Blake Hanan was hit by a pitch to lead off the third inning. Kunkle followed with a sharp single to left centerfield and Kevin Roberts walked to load the bases. Chris DelVechio's bases loaded walk forced in Siena's initial run and Matt Mueller walked to force in the second. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Siena appeared poised to get back in the game. Those aspirations were quickly thwarted when Shawn Hamton struck out and Tony Cipolla lined into an inning ending double play.
FIU put the game out of reach with two runs in the bottom half of the frame and two more in the fourth inning. Adam Summerell led of the fifth inning with a monstrous home run to further damage Siena's comeback hopes.
Freshman Scott King enjoyed his best performance to date for Siena, registering two hits and two runs scored. Tony Cipolla also recorded two hits in defeat for the Saints.
Siena committed five errors and allowed 14 hits in suffering their third setback of the season.
"We took ourselves out of the game early and couldn't get the big hit to get back in it," Head Coach Tony, Rossi said. "It was a disappointing end to the series, especially from a pitching standpoint, but there are definitely some positives we will take from the weekend."
Siena will return to the Sunshine State next weekend for a three game set with Florida Atlantic University (also nationally ranked) in Boca Raton. The series begins with a 7 p.m. game Friday night.