Feb. 28, 2004
NEW ORLEANS (Feb. 28, 2004) - Ryan Bitter tossed eight strong innings and Blake Hanan drove in a pair of runs to lead Siena to a 5-2 baseball victory over the University of New Orleans here Saturday afternoon at Maestri Field.
Bitter, the preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, handcuffed the Privateers (4-6) by allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk with nine strikeouts to earn the win and improve to 1-0 on the season. He retired 11 of 12 batters in a row at one point.
Bitter outdueled preseason All-American Thomas Diamond (1-1) who surrendered five runs on nine hits with two walks and eight strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings of work to suffer the loss.
Kevin Roberts led the 11-hit Saint attack with three but Hanan was the one that got things going for the visitors. After a two-out walk in the second, Hanan lift a ball down the leftfield line that UNO third baseman Jay Yaconetti and leftfielder Mike Forbes got tangled up together with and it fell in for a run-scoring double.
After a RBI single by Brian Schmotzer one inning later, Hanan delivered a sacrifice fly to put Siena (3-1) up 3-0. The Privateers cut the lead in the bottom of the inning with a homer down the leftfield line by Dana Tosoni, his second of the season, but Siena added another solo run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Scott King. Tony Cipolla finished the Saint scoring in the seventh on a RBI double.
The Privateers added its last run with a Nate Murray run-scoring single.
The two teams will continue their three-game series with a single game Sunday. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.