Dartmouth Rallies Past Siena Baseball 7-3
April 7, 2004
Thomas Myette went 5-for-6 with four runs batted in leading Dartmouth to a 7-3 non-conference victory over Siena in Loudonville Wednesday afternoon. Seven Siena batters collected a hit, but the Saints couldn't get the timely base-hit most of the afternoon.
Siena (10-13) struck with two runs in their initial at bat to take a 2-0 lead. Bill Lazio worked a well-earned walk after falling behind in the count and fouling off several pitches to start a one-out rally. Tony Cipolla followed with a four-pitch walk, and Shawn Hampton promptly delivered a srun-scoring single to right field. Hampton and Cipolla advanced a base as the Big Green attempted to cut down Lazio at the plate and Scott King plated the second run with a fly ball to centerfield.
Dartmouth (9-8) took the lead for good with three runs in the third inning off Siena starter Dan Weingart. Myette delivered the big blow with a two-out, two-RBI single to left field that followed a throwing error. The two unearned runs chased Weingart from the game and but Dartmouth on top 3-2.
After a scoreless third inning, Dartmouth struck for four four runs in the middle three innings to push their advantage to 7-2. Myette second oppositie field run-scoring hit added two runs in the fourth inning, while designated hitter Patrick Nailer doubled home a run in the fifth off reliever James Pacifico. Pacifico walked in the final Dartmouth run in the sixth, but for the most part pitched out of trouble in four-plus innings of relief.
Kevin Snyder, Josh Copskey and Josh Courage each put out fires in working the final three scoreless innings for Siena. Courage added a pair of strikeouts in the ninth after loading bases with just one out.
The Saints final run came in their last at bat when Blake Hanan scored on a wild pitch. The Saints had their first two runners reach base in the decisive frame, but left two of their eight runners on base to end the game.
Freshman Bobby Steinsdoferearned the victory for Dartmouth working five innings and allowing just the two first inning runs. Nailer, Chris Grimm and Will Bashelore joined Myette with multi-hit games for the visitors. Dartmouth left 15 runners on base in collecting 13 hits and being hit by five pitches.
The game marked the start of a stretch in which Siena will play 15 of 16 games at home. The Saints take on MAAC rival Niagara in a three-game set that begins Friday with a twin-bill at noon.