Baseball Sweeps NYIT in Non-League Twin Bill

April 16, 2008

Final Stats Game 1
Final Stats Game 2

The Siena baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from visiting NYIT Wednesday afternoon 2-0 and 10-1 at Siena Field in Loudonville. Sophomore Frank Cebek tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener and Maikel Hurtado and Tom Hopkins worked the nightcap without allowing an earned run.

Cebek was dominant in the opener, allowing just six hits and striking out four in his seven innings of work. More impressive was his command. The tall right hander did not walk a batter in picking up his first collegiate win. He had thrown just four innings all season entering today's first game.

Siena scored both its runs in the opener in the sixth inning. Freshman Don DiPetta doubled home a run with a drive off the left field fence and Moises Rivera followed with a sacrifice fly to center.

Willis and senior classmate Chris Klepps each had two hits for Siena.

Effrey Valdez and Christian Dienna each had two of NYIT's six hits.

Siena took control of the second game in its first at bat, scoring three times off NYIT starter Bobby Tesseyman. DiPetta drove home the first run with a sharp single and Jason DeFilippo collected two RBI with a single through the left side of the infield later in the inning.

The Saints went on to score in their first five at bats.

Meanwhile, Hurtado worked through trouble to pitch a solid game. The senior right hander allowed just two hits and one unearned run in four and two third innings on the hill. He did struggle at times with his control, hitting three batters and walking two. He was helped out of a second inning jam when NYIT batted out of order.



Rivera, Willis and sophomore Anthony Giansanti each homered deep to left field to pace the Saints' offense. Willis and catcher Phil Cahill collected two hits and every starter but one hit safely for the Saints.

Brian Smith had two of NYIT's four hits.

The Saints have won three straight games and now head west to face MAAC leader Canisius in a three-game set this weekend in Buffalo.