April 6, 2004
Each of Siena's nine starters collected at least one hit and four of five Saints' pitchers did not allow a run in a convincing 9-2 non-league road win at windy Quinnipiac Tuesday. The Saints scored in each of their first three at bats and in a season-high six innings in their most balanced offensive performance of the season.
Kevin Roberts began the game with a bloop single to right centerfield and came around to score on a wild pitch, giving the Saints a lead they would not relinquish. Roberts was one of six batters to reach base leading off an inning-five of which scored.
Siena (10-12) added single runs in the second and third innings with solid execution. Eric Hildenbrand was hit by a pitch to begin the second frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch. John Wilkes, who was one of two Siena players to log a two-hit game, advanced Hildenbrand to third with a well-placed infield single to the shortstop side of second base. Steve Ballas followed with the first of three sacrifice flies for the visitors, extending the early advantage to 2-0.
Quinnipiac (11-10) scored both of its runs off reliever John Lannan in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lannan struggled with his control in the stiff and erratic wind, walking the first three batters he faced. It appeared he might escape unscathed after forcing centerfielder Tim Binkowski to ground back to the mound, leading to a double-play that temporarily kept the Bobcats off the board. However, Ricky Copolla followed with a two-out single to right centerfield that brought the home team within 3-2. Coppolla was 3-for-3 and reached base in each of his four plate appearances in a losing effort.
After a scoreless fifth, the Saints broke the game open with three runs in the sixth. Blake Hanan led off the inning with a sharp single to center and scored on Hildenbrand's ensuing double over right fielder Ryan Rizzo's head. Wilkes followed with his second infield hit of the day-a bunt single, stole second and scored along with Hildenbrand on a clutch single up the middle by Lazio.
Josh Burnett picked up the pitching duties in the middle innings for the Saints, working three scoreless innings to earned his second victory of the season. Burnett allowed just two hits and struck out four.
Tony Cipolla's double to left centerfield plated two insurance runs in the eighth inning and Greg Batista's deep fly ball to centerfield with the bases loaded in the ninth accounted for the final margin.
Junior College transfer Mike Orlick worked the final two innings on the mound, sacrificing just two hits in shutout relief.
The Saints return to action Wednesday at 3 p.m. as they host Dartmouth in a non-conference game at Siena Field.