April 6, 2003
Junior College transfer Ryan Bitter pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout, pacing Siena (5-21/4-4 MAAC) to a series-opening 2-0 victory over Manhattan College (10-13/3-4 MAAC) Sunday afternoon in Riverdale, N.Y. The Jaspers rallied to take the second game, 8-1. The site of the doubleheader was moved to Manhattan because of adverse weather conditions in the Capital Region.
In the first game, Siena scored the game's only two runs in the second inning. Tony Cipolla and Matt Mueller each walked to set the stage for RBI singles from freshman Brian Schmotzer and sophomore Luis Khoury. Bitter was rarely threatened in his nine innings of near perfect work, striking out four Manhattan batters while walking just one. It was his second conference shutout of the season and second career victory at Siena (2-5).
Schmotzer was joined by Manhattan's Matt Cucurullo as the only players to register multi-hit games with two safeties a piece.
The Jaspers jumped on Siena's Jeremy Cabot for five first inning runs in the nightcap, to secure the split. The first six batters reached base safely, as hitters 2-6 followed Jonathan Holzer's leadoff walk with basehits. Holzer scored the first of his three runs On a Gary Diaz double.
Cabot did not allow a run in the second or third inning, as the Saints inched closer with their lone run in the bottom of the third. Kevin Roberts, who reached on a one-out single to rightfield scored on the backend of a doublesteal initiated by classmate Blake Hanan.
Manhattan salted the game away with a pair of runs in their next at bat and tacked on an insurance tally in the top of the sixth-Siena was the home team for scoring purposes. Eric Fierro collected three of Manhattan's 12 hits. Hanan had half of Siena's four base knocks in a losing effort.
The two teams are currently scheduled to make up the third game of the series in Loudonville at 3 p.m. Monday afternoon. The game would be cancelled per MAAC scheduling policies should the two teams be unable to play due to weather conditions.