March 6, 2004
MOBILE, Ala. - South Alabama's Tyler Lynd pitched three scoreless
innings in relief, but Siena posted a four-run ninth inning to help the
Saints to a 9-4 victory at Stanky Field Saturday afternoon in front of
Lynd, who relieved Bert Heath in the fourth inning, allowed just one
hit, one walk and struck out one for the afternoon. Starting pitcher
Jeff Middleton picked up the loss (0-1) for USA, although he allowed
just two runs on two hits in three innings of work. Siena's Trevor Reid
improved to 1-1 on the season, scattering six hits through five innings
and struck out six Jaguars.
"They made some great plays," said Jag head coach Steve Kittrell. "I
tip my cap to them. I'm disappointed in our ball club, but I tip my cap
to Siena. Their kids came ready to play. They made great plays in the
field - I mean outstanding plays in the field. Their pitching was solid
and they didn't strike out hardly at all. They just out-played us."
The Saints (4-6) began the game with a leadoff walk from Kevin Roberts,
who advanced to second after a Billy Lazio groundout. Eric Hildenbrand
doubled to right-center to score Roberts and Shawn Hampton singled to
left-center scoring Hildenbrand for a 2-0 lead.
The Jags (3-7) managed to get one back off of back-to-back doubles from
Adam Lind and Josh Touchstone, cutting the Siena lead 2-1. Lind went
4-for-5 with a run scored for the game.
After three scoreless innings, Siena posted three runs in the top of
the fifth although all three runs were unearned from a pair of USA
errors. Hampton helped out with two RBI in the inning as he singled to
left field, scoring Lazio and Roberts for a 5-2 Saints' lead.
South Alabama notched a run in the bottom of the fifth as Touchstone
grounded out to third base, but scored Jansen Rayborn from third.
In the top of the seventh with Roberts on first for the Saints, Lazio
was called out for batter interference after he struck USA catcher Tim
Land in the head with his bat. Lazio was called out and Lynd got out of
the inning by getting both Tony Cipolla and Hildenbrand to ground out.
South Alabama cut the Saints' lead with a two-run sixth inning from a
massive two-run shot from Land. Land cleared the left field wall for
his first home run of the season and closed the gap 5-4.
But Siena found breathing room from four ninth-inning runs led by a
Hildenbrand three-run home run to left field. Cipolla collected the
other run from an RBI single earlier in the inning.
South Alabama and Siena will play the final game of the series at
Stanky Field Sunday at 1 p.m.