April 8, 2008
Freshman Dan Lazzaroni spun a two-hit shutout leading Siena past visiting Vermont 4-0 in the second half of a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at sunny Siena Field. The Catamounts won the first game 2-1 behind the strong pitching of Justin Albert.
Lazzaroni's two-hitter was just the 15th by a Siena pitcher (or pitchers) since 1990. It was an encouraging effort for a Siena pitching staff that has struggled all season and entered today's doubleheader with an ERA nearing nine.
In his first collegiate start, the right hander from Roswell, Ga. mystified Vermont's offense. Entering the seventh and final inning, he had allowed just one base runner - a fourth inning single by Eric Fredette. Lazzaroni got off track slightly in the seventh, allowing a walk and a hit, but he worked his way out of a bases loaded jam by inducing a line out and a game-ending ground out.
Siena got all the runs it would need in the third inning on Rick Seltzer's deep sacrifice fly to center and Jacob Willis' RBI double to right. An inning later, they added a pair of insurance runs as Jason DeFilippo scored on an infield single off the bat of Anthony Giansanti and Giansanti came home on a throwing error following a wild pitch.
Six different players had hits for the Saints. Tom Kelly suffered the loss for Vermont, allowing three earned runs in five innings of work.
In the opener, Albert got the best of Siena's Will Hassett in a crisp pitchers' dual. Albert earned the complete game decision, allowing just five hits and one run in seven innings. Hassett nearly matched him, giving up just seven hits and two runs in his seven innings on the hill.
Vermont broke the ice with a run in the second on Brad Currier's RBI's single through the left side of the infield. Eric Mruczek's RBI single plated Willis with the tying run on the fourth, but Matt Duffy's RBI double to right center field chased home the winning run in the top of the sixth.
Hassett retired 11 straight batters from the second through sixth innings, before being touched for the decisive score.
Willis and Mruuczek each had two of Siena's five hits. Miguel Margrass was the only Vermont player to manage a multi-hit game.
The two games lasted just three hours and 10 minutes combined.
The Saints return to action Thursday at Rhode Island.