March 24, 2004
Senior Anthony Valvano (Lyndhurst, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) pitched solidly for his first career victory and two relievers combined to yield just two hits for Long Island, which snapped its six-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Siena at LIU Field.
Valvano (1-1), primarily a second baseman over his first three seasons, made his second career start one that could keep him in the rotation for some time. He permitted one run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings with four strikeouts in just his fifth career outing on the hill for LIU (2-11).
Freshman Ryan Ekberg (Carmel, N.Y./Carmel) fired 2 2/3 relief innings, striking out one and allowing one hit. He gave way to junior Christopher Brescia (Nanuet, N.Y./Rockland CC), who worked the ninth for his first career save.
Brescia gave up a leadoff single to Tony Cipolla (Sinking Spring, Pa.), who homered in the first for the Saints (6-10). He reached third on groundouts from Shawn Hampton (Belleville, Ill.) and Scott King (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), but was stranded as Brian Schmotzer (North Royalton, Ohio) struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch for the final out.
The Blackbirds forged a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Miguel Perez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian) was hit by a pitch to lead off, stole second and scored on a double down the right-field line by senior Khyl Farrison (Suffern, N.Y./Rockland CC).
LIU grabbed the lead in the second against reliever Joshua Burnett (Delmar, N.Y.). Freshman James Adamo (Paramus, N.J./Paramus) laced a one-out triple, but was erased in a rundown on a fielder's choice from freshman Marcus Wynn (Plainfield, N.J./Plainfield). Wynn reached second on the play, took third on a wild pitch and scored when a grounder from freshman Brad Hreha (Mansfield Twp., N.J./N. Burlington) was booted by first baseman Billy Lazio (Seven Hills, Ohio).
Siena stayed in the game thanks to solid pitching and got some defensive help to end the bottom of the seventh. Sophomore Matthew Martino (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's) flied out to center fielder Matt Gidaly (Huntington, N.Y.), who nailed sophomore Richard "Trey" Bell (Georgetown, Del./Sussex Central) at the plate as he tried to score from third.
Farrison rapped two hits for LIU, which closed with six and left 12 runners on.
Burnett (0-2) permitted one run and three hits over two innings with Cipolla and Hampton each collecting two hits for Siena, which closed with seven hits and left 14 runners on.