Saints Drop Pair to Elon
March 17, 2002
ELON, NC -- The Phoenix pounded out 25 hits in two games while sweeping the pair, 10-8 and 9-3, from Siena Saturday afternoon at Latham Park in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
In the first contest, Elon scored one run in the first inning, five in the third and one in the fourth en route to a commanding 7-0 advantage. The Saints retaliated with a score in the fifth, six more in the seventh and another one in the eighth for an 8-7 edge entering the final inning.
In that fatal frame, Jason Tuttle's single down the right field line plated Ricky Callison to even the score. Tuttle later rounded the bases on Gary Morris' first college home run, a two-run blast that decided the contest.
Tuttle (3-for-6, 3 runs, RBI, 2 SB), Morris (2-for-5, 2 runs, 2 RBI, HR), Whit Bryant (3-for-4, 2 runs, 3 RBI, 2 doubles, HR, BB) and Brian Ingram (3-for-5, run, 2 RBI, double) keyed the Phoenix attack as Elon outslugged Siena 16-14.
The Saints were paced by Blake Hanan (3-for-4, run, RBI, SF), Ryan Finn (2-for-4, run, 3 RBI, HR, SB), Josh Kean (2-for-5, run, 2 RBI, double, HR), Jim Buckley (2-for-5, run, RBI, HR) and Tony Cipolla (2-for-3, run, RBI, double).
Phoenix reliever Mike Fratoe (1-2) logged the victory, his first of the season. He pitched the final two frames, surrendering one hit and one walk while holding the Saints scoreless during that span.
Josh Copskey (0-3) was charged with the loss after giving up four earned runs on nine hits during the game's final five and 2/3 innings. He walked one, but struck out none.
Each team committed a pair of errors in the opener. Elon stranded 11 runners on base while Siena left eight in the slugfest.
In the second game, a seven-inning affair, Siena (1-14) struck first with a score in the first frame, but Elon (11-4) exploded for three runs in the second, third and fifth innings respectively for a 9-1 cushion. The Saints scored twice in the sixth, but it was too little, too late.
The Phoenix, 10-1 at Latham Park this season, received solid offensive performances from Bryant (3-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI, HR) and Jim Swenson (1-for-3, 2 runs, 3 RBI, HR, SB) as Elon outhit Siena 9-3. The Saints, who committed the game's lone error, left three runners on base to a pair for the Phoenix.
Matt Garner (1-0) pitched the entire seven innings for Elon, hurling a three-hitter and fanning nine Saints. He allowed just two earned runs and one walk.
Siena starter Brent Wengert (0-3) suffered the loss on the mound, giving up five earned runs on six hits before being chased after the third inning. He logged two bases on balls and no strikeouts.