March 14, 2003
Shawn Hampton singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, capping off a furious Siena rally Friday evening in a 10-9 win over Centenary College. The win was the first of the season for Siena which completed its Florida swing 0-14 against national powerhouse programs.
Trailing 9-3 entering the final two innings, the Saints struck for five runs in the eighth. Kevin Roberts led off the frame with a single and Siena loaded the bases on consecutive one-out safetys by Bill Lazio and Tony Cipolla. Hampton started the scoring with a sharp single to right field scoring Roberts and Lazio. Freshman Scott King followed with an RBI single and classmate Brian Schmotzer's double plated the final two runs of the inning. Schmotzer finished with three hits and three RBI.
After Josh Courage pitched a scoreless eighth, Siena came to the plate needing just one run to tie in their final at bat. Matt Mueller followed Lazio's one-out single with an RBI double to tie the score, setting the stage for Hampton's game-winning hit. Courage got the side in order in the ninth to pick up his first win of the season in relief.
Centenary started the scoring with three runs in the third off Siena starter Jeremy Cabot. Blake Atkinson, who had two hits and a pair of RBI for the Gents, doubled home two of the runs.
After Siena struck for single runs in the fourth and fifth, Centenary responded with another three run frame in the bottom of the fifth.
J.W. Pate scored the Gents ninth run after driving in the eight in the seventh inning for the home team. That appeared to be all the insurance Centenary would need, but Siena's bats awoke in the inal third of the game.
The two teams will play the second game of the three-day series Saturday afternoon.