Saints Bats Rule in Opener; Lannan Fans Nine in Nightcap Runs Scoreless Inning Streak to 20
April 16, 2005
Freshman Rick Seltzer hit for the cycle in the opener and junior Gabe Perez had five hits on the afternoon helping Siena to a doubleheader sweep at Fairfield Saturday. John Lannan hurled a complete game four-hitter in the nightcap, striking out nine batters in seven innings and allowing just one run. The Saints won a slugfest in the opener 17-11 and cruised to an 8-1 win in the backend.
Siena (11-13, 6-2 MAAC) scored three times in the first inning, in the first game of the afternoon as Perez homered to left field, and freshman sensation Jake Willis lined an RBI double down the right field line. Fairfield (6-22, 5-7 MAAC) came back with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning as junior John Scaife walked with the bases loaded, and junior Dewey Raymond lofted a sacrifice fly to left to score junior Jim Girolamo, who finished the first game going 3-for-6 with three runs scored, and an RBI.
A Siena run in the top of the third came when Seltzer ripped an RBI single to right field, scoring Lou Gattozzi who reached on a fielding error. Seltzer finished the opener 4-for-5 at the plate with four runs scored and three RBI. Fairfield would match that run in the bottom of the third, when freshman Brian Rudolph attempted to steal second, but the throw by the Saint catcher sailed into centerfield, allowing Scaife to score.
In the top of the fourth, Gattozzi extended the Saints lead with a single to left field that plated two more runs. In the bottom of the fourth, Fairfield would cross the plate four times, thanks to three hits, and an error. Girolamo started the Fairfield rally with an RBI single, plating senior David Soucy who led the inning off with a single. Gattozzi finished the opener with two of the Saints 16 hits, he scored three times and drove in three runs.
Then Anderson took a pitch, and sent it through the left side of the Siena infield to bring in Chilelli. Scaife grounded into a fielder's choice, allowing senior Mark Geanuleas to score.
Siena had a play on trying to pick off Scaife at first, but on the throw, Girolamo stole home, and Scaife ended up safely at second, for the fourth run of the inning.
Siena took the lead back in the top of the fifth inning, with a pair of back-to-back RBI groundouts, and would later build on the lead with six runs in the top of the sixth, and three in the seventh to make it 17-7. Scott King's three run sixth inning homerun highlighted the rally. In the seventh, Seltzer drove in a pair of runs with his third homerun of the season. Sophomore Trevor Reid relieved started Ken Grant and picked up the win working the final five innings.
Fairfield tried to make a comeback, scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, as Geanuleas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Soucy scored when Girolamo hit into a fielder's choice. In the ninth, the Stags scored two more runs, off the bat of Anderson, who ripped a double down the right field line to bring home Girolamo and Chilelli.
Fairfield starter, Steve Tyburski took the loss, giving up 11 runs on 10 hits. Tyburski (1-4) walked three, and struck out four in five innings of work. Reliever Michael Colucci scattered five runs on six hits, in two innings. Steve Flynn pitched the final two innings, giving up only one hit.
In the nightcap, Lannan was in control from the start. Working his second consecutive masterful MAAC game, the junior lefthander allowed only a sixth inning run, a tally that broke his consecutive scoreless inning streak at 20.
Perez drove in runs in the first and third innings to put the Saints up early,m and give Lannan more than enough insurance. He tripled to score a run in the first and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the third.
In the fourth, Siena broke the game open on RBI hits from Matt Gidaly and Chrios Klepps and an RBI groundout from Gattozzi. In the sixth, Gidaly picked up his second RBI double of the game to make the score 6-0. He finished the second game 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored.
After Mark Geanuleas tripled home Fairfield's only run in the sixth, the Saints added even more insurance with two runs in their final at bat.
Eric Hildenbrand and Bill Lazio had RBI hits to help the Saints complete the sweep.
The teams will finish the MAAC series on Sunday afternoon, with a nine-inning game at Alumni Diamond. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.