April 3, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - In a tale of two games, the Siena baseball team (5-19) rallied to earn a doubleheader split with Dartmouth College (8-8) at rainy Siena Field this afternoon. The Saints dropped the first game 15-2, but bounced back to take the nightcap 4-1.
Dartmouth dominated the opener, jumping on Siena starter Brent Wengert for eight runs in the second inning to break the game open. Six Big Green players had multi-hit games, led by thirdbaseman Eddie Lucas's three-hit outburst. Siena got on the board in the fourth on an RBI groundout by senior Steve Castellani, but Dartmouth responded with seven runs in their final three at bats to extend their advantage. Kevin Roberts (Utica, N.Y./Notre Dame) was the lone Saints to record a two hit game.
In the nightcap, freshman Ken Grant (Brookhaven, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) pitched six strong innings to earn his first collegiate win. Grant struck out three batters and allowed just six hits and one run in six innings of work en route to the victory.
Each of the Saints four runs came on home runs. Sophomore Tony Cipolla began the scoring with a solo shot in the top of the second (although the game was played at Siena Field, Dartmouth was actually the home team due to the fact that the contest was originally to be played in Hanover). Just three batters later, sophomore Blake Hanan (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) blasted a two-run home run over the centerfield fence to give Siena a 3-0 lead.
After Jason DaCosta got the Big Green on the board with an RBI double in the bottom of the third, senior captain Josh Kean (Schenectady, N.Y./South Colonie-HVCC) closed the scoring with a solo long ball in the fourth.
Sophomore Mark Sanborn
worked a perfect seventh to pick up the save for the Saints.
By virtue of the victory, Siena Head Coach Tony Rossi moved to within two games of the exclusive 500-win club. The Saints return to action on Saturday in a doubleheader with MAAC leader Rider at Siena Field.