Siena Sweeps Fairfield In Baseball's MAAC Opener

March 22, 2003

Siena College used a four-run sixth inning, after trailing, 3-1, to win 6-4 in the nightcap, on its way a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) doubleheader sweep over the Fairfield University baseball team, at Alumni Diamond on Saturday afternoon.

In the first game junior Tom Maisano hurled nine innings scattering five hits on one run and two walks. The Long Island native struck out five, and gave up only two walks. Maisano gave way to junior Matt Thiffault in the 10th inning, giving up a run to Siena's Shawn Hampton, who walked, and would score the go-ahead run.

It was a pitcher's dual, as Siena's Jeremy Cabot would go the distance yielding one run on seven hits, and six strike outs. Fairfield would break the ice when Andy Lynn would lace a one-out triple to right field. Lynn would come home on a single to center by sophomore Greg Batista.

The Saints would tie it when Brian Schmotzer singled through the left side to bring home Hampton.

In the nightcap, the Stags quickly jumped out to a 3-1 lead, and had things in control, as junior Pablo Tamayo struck out seven Saints. Fairfield crossed the plate in the first, second, and fourth innings.

But, the Saints would explode for four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kevin Roberts started the inning off with a single to left centerfield. After another single and a walk Hampton cleared the bases with a double to centerfield.

The Stags would add a run in the bottom of the seventh after junior Nick Hudyma (New Britain, Conn./New Britain) tripled and scored on a pinch hit single from sophomore Greg Leaver (Brookline, Mass./Brookline).

The two teams will finish the MAAC series on Sunday afternoon, with a nine-inning game starting at 12 p.m.