Saints Salvage Split in Twin Bill With Vermont
April 16, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Just one day removed from the Boston Marathon, the Saints (13-21) and Catamounts (13-12) held one of their own in unseasonably-warm Loudonville Tuesday afternoon, and when all was said and done, not much was decided. Three and a half hours after it began, Barry Chamberland doubled home teammate Jeff Barry to give Vermont an 8-7 lead in the top half of the 12th inning of the first game. The Catamounts held on for the victory in the opener (which was a scheduled seven inning affair), but had no answer for the Siena bats in the literal nightcap.
Freshman Josh Burnett (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central)-making just the second appearance of his career-pitched a daylight-shortened, complete game shutout en route to his initial college victory for Siena. The 6-1 righty allowed just two hits and struck out three in his six innings of work. The game, which began at 5:45 p.m., was called in the bottom of the sixth inning (7:25 p.m.) as daylight quickly faded.
Senior Ryan Finn (Clinton, N.Y./Clinton) clobbered a home run in each game to push his season total to 10 and record career mark to 44. The Saints jumped on Vermont starter Justin Bissonnette for six runs in the first inning and four in the third to put game two out of reach. Every Siena player reached base and Jim Buckley, Tony Cipolla and Fausto Franco registered multi-hit games in the Saints' five at bats.
In the opener, the Saints raced to an early 4-0 lead in their first at bat and carried a 7-6 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. Finn and Cipolla blasted two-run homers in the first to pace the rally. The Catamounts tied the score when Derek Root scored on a two-out wild pitch by eventual losing pitcher Josh Courage. Courage suffered the setback despite working over eight innings (including all of the extra frames) and sacrificing just two runs. He offered 141 pitches, 93 of which were strikes.
Blake Hanan and Matt Mueller had two hits apiece in the first game for Siena, which had a five-game winning streak snapped.
The Saints have won nine of their last 11 games and conclude their nine-game homestand with three games against MAAC rival Fairfield beginning with a doubleheader Saturday at noon.