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
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,
The Saints sent in Courage to close out the game as he retired the side
in order for a 5-3 Siena victory.