Saints Take Rubber Match, 5-3, Over South Alabama
March 7, 2004
MOBILE, Ala. - Three South Alabama pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts, but Siena posted 10 hits to top the Jaguars 5-3 in college baseball at Stanky Field Sunday afternoon in front of 944 fans.
USA pitchers Bryan Adams, who started and received the loss (0-1), Josh Ehmke and P.J. Walters all notched four strikeouts for the afternoon. Siena's John Lannan was credited with the win (2-1) and Josh Courage picked up his third save of the season.
"(Siena) was the better prepared team," said USA head coach Steve Kittrell. "We're a South Alabama team that has just lost all confidence. I have not prepared this team like I should have.
"We missed a signal or two - that's just poor coaching," he continued. "Our guys look like they're just playing scared to me."
Siena's Shawn Hampton got the Saints on the board first with a two-out single to right field in the top of the third, scoring Tony Cipolla and Blake Hanan for a 3-0 Siena lead. The Saints also received a run from an Eric Hildenbrand sacrifice fly earlier in the inning.
Siena (5-6) followed with another run in the fourth, which began with a Ryan King leadoff double of the left field wall. King advanced to third on a wild pitch by Josh Ehmke, who relieved Bryan Adams at the start of the inning. John Wilkes chopped a slow-roller to Ehmke and scored King from third.
USA's Jansen Rayborn was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the
fifth and Adam Lind smacked a single to right field to move Rayborn to
third. Second baseman Josh Touchstone ripped an RBI single to center,
scoring Rayborn from third for a 4-1 Siena lead.
South Alabama, 3-8 on the season, followed with another run in the sixth as Clark Secchiari singled to pitcher Grant, who overthrew first base, allowing Secchairi to reach third on a two-base error. Secchiari scored on a Kevin Williams single, cutting the Siena lead 4-2.
Siena's Billy Lazzio, who started games one and two at first base, came of the bench for a pinch-hit RBI single to the first base line to score Hampton in the bottom of the eighth. The Jags, however, did manage an eighth-inning run of their own as Justin Hawarah doubled to right, scoring Rayborn.
The Saints sent in Courage to close out the game as he retired the side in order for a 5-3 Siena victory.