Siena Baseball Splits Twinbill With Vermont
April 12, 2005
In his second career start, freshman Joe Serafin hurled a no-hitter as Vermont blanked Siena, 4-0, in the nightcap of a college baseball doubleheader at Centennial Field. The Saints, behind six strong innings by freshman Ryan King, won the opener, 3-2.
The doubleheader was the first home games for the Catamounts (13-7) and it was the Centennial Field debut for Serafin and six other Vermont freshmen.
Serafin struck out 12, walked one and hit a batter while facing just three hitters over the minimum.. The lefthander needed just 94 pitches to complete the gem in which just three Saints reached base. He retired the first 13 hitters before Steve Ballas reached on a throwing error in the fifth. With two outs in the sixth he hit Chris Klepps with a pitch and Eric Hildenbrand followed with a walk. But Serafin retired Scott King on the the first pitch on a flyout to left to end the threat. In the seventh, Jake Willis grounded out to short, Ballas struck out and with pinch hitter Lou Gatozzi up, Serafin induced another ground ball to shortstop Bobby Tewksbary (Hudson, N.H.) for the final out.
In addition to the 12 K's, seven outs were by ground balls and the Saints hit just two balls to the outfield. The no-hitter was the first seven-inning no-hitter for the Catamounts since May 15, 2001, when Brian Robinson blanked Hofstra, 11-0, also at Centennial Field.
Vermont gave Serafin early support at the plate with a pair of runs in the third. Tewksbary led with a single and with one out, moved up on an infield hit by Hale. Frank Rossi hit a ball deep into the hole on the left side and Tewksbary, after a bobble by shortstop Joe Vitalone, came around to score the first run. After a force out that cut down Hale at third, Miguel Magrass brought home Rossi with a sharp single to left. In the fifth, Rossi's double down the left field line scored Kyle Massie (Rutland, Vt.). The Catamounts (13-7) added another run in the sixth as Jason Carey walked, stole second and scored on a single by Tewksbary.
In the opener, Klepps' triple to centerfield in the sixth broke a 1-1 tie and the Saints (8-14) held on in the last of the seventh for the win. King (1-0), in his first career start, limited Vermont to just six hits, walked four and struck out just one in recording his first victory. After Jim Chapman and Matt Naimoli led off the UVM seventh with singles, Mike Orlick replaced King. Rossi singled home Chapman to make it 3-2 but Orlick retired Tewksbary on a failed sacrifice attempt, Raymond Montanez on a groundout and Magrass, who was first-pitch swinging, on a fly to right to pick up the save.
Freshman John Boyle was the tough luck loser for UVM in game one going five strong innings allowing only one earned run on four hits while striking out five.