April 15, 2003
Tony Cipolla broke up Jared Slater's no-hit bid with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning Tuesday afternoon, providing one of the few highlights for the Siena baseball team (7-24) in the back end of a doubleheader sweep at the hands of the University of Vermont (15-4). The Catamounts pounded out 13 hits in scoring 11 runs off Siena pitching in the opener, while Siena scored its lone run (an unearned tally) of the afternoon in the fifth inning.
Vermont asserted itself from the get-go scoring a single run in the first inning of game one and adding two more in the third. Kevin Roberts crossed the plate in the top of the fifth with Siena's only run following another Catamount score in the bottom of the fourth, but Vermont salted the game away with four runs in their half of the inning. Any hopes of a Siena comeback were quickly thwarted in the sixth when the Catamounts struck for three more runs to account for the 11-1 margin.
Barry Chamberland, Kyle Brault and Leif Ekelund all homered for Vermont, which is off to one of the best starts in the region after winning its last 12 games. Chamberland was joined by sophomore Bobby Tewksbary with three hits for the victors. Roberts, who went 2-for-2, was the only Saint to register more than one hit.
In the nightcap, Vermont again struck in its initial at bat with what turned out to be the game-winning run. Siena's Luis Khoury sacrificed that run along with three others in the bottom of the third, but pitched fairly well in his initial collegiate start. Dale Szachewicz relieved Khoury and pitched two shutout innings dropping his team-best ERA to 1.47.
Slater was masterful in his 6.2 innings of work, striking out eight Siena batters, while walking just three. He was relieved after giving up the lone hit to Cipolla just one out removed from the no-hitter.
The Saints will be back in action at Binghamton tomorrow afternoon.