April 5, 2005
Seven different Siena players hit safely, and five pitchers combined to allow just two runs in Siena's 6-2 home-opening victory over Quinnipiac in Loudonville Tuesday. Sophomore James Pacifico was credited with the win after working two scoreless innings to start the game.
The Saints got on the board in the bottom of the first without the benefit of a base hit. Freshman Chris Klepps walked to lead off, and advanced to second on a balk. After Lou Gattozzi grounded out to third, Klepps moved to third on a wild pitch. Gabe Perez drove home the first run of the game with a groundout to second base.
Pacifico worked the first two innings and did not allow a run. He earned the victory because the pitching rotation was predetermined and split among five different hurlers. Josh Burnett pitched the third and fourth innings for the Saints, allowing just one hit.
Siena added to its lead in the fourth inning as Jake Willis and Eric Hildenbrand hit back-to-back two-out doubles. The Bobcats rallied to cut the lead in half in the sixth, scoring their first run of the game on Wilson Matos' homerun to left centerfield. Rick Seltzer's sharp single to center in the bottom half of the frame chased home Perez to push the lead back to two runs, 3-1.
The back-and-forth battle continued into the sixth inning, when Quinnipiac again reached sophomore Trevor Reid for a score. After back-to-back singles and a fielding error put runners on second and third with one out, Bryan Sabatella grounded out to close the gap to 3-2. Reid worked out of further trouble when Brien Magee lined out to right field to end the inning.
The Saints put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Freshman Pete Paris doubled after Hildenbrand reached on a fielding error, and Matt Gidaly's sacrifice fly made the score 4-2. Freshman Chris Klepps followed with the first homerun of his collegiate a career--a two run shot to left field that accounted for the final 6-2 margin.
Ryan Rizzo, Tim Binkoski and Matos each had three hits for Quinnipiac, which out-hit Siena 11-7. No Siena player had a multi-hit game.
The Saints return to action Saturday as they begin a three-game MAAC series against Rider at noon. Tomorrow's scheduled doubleheader with Dartmouth has been cancelled.