April 17, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Bill Lazio tripled to right field and scored on a throwing error while Blake Hanan drove in Tony Cipolla and Scott King for three runs in the first inning which Fairfield could never recover from. Ryan Bitter went the distance allowing just one run in the ninth inning to pick up the victory. The Saints broke through early scoring in the first two innings of the nightcap while Ken Grant held the Stags to just three hits and one run for a 3-1 victory.
Siena (15-16, 5-4) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in their first at bat of the day, as Lazio tripled and scored on a throwing error and Hanan followed with the two-run hit. Bitter, the Preseason MAAC Pitcher of the Year, shut down the Stags (9-13, 5-6) allowing five hits and one run in the complete game victory. He added five strike out and walked just one batter.
In the fifth, the Saints got back on the board as Cipolla walked and King was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. The Saints took advantage of the freebees on John Wilkes' infield single, which scored Cipolla adding to Siena's lead. Wilkes finished the game 4-for-4 with three RBI.
Siena continued their offensive surge in the eighth inning with four runs. Kevin Roberts led off the inning with an infield single and Lazio reached base on a throwing error. Shawn Hampton came through with a double down the right field line scoring Lazio. King and Hanan both finished with three hits in the opener, and singled in a pair of runs in the eighth to extend the lead to 11-0.
Fairfield scored their lone run in the ninth as Antuan Barnett started the inning with a double down the right field line, one of his two hits in the game. Doug Anderson singled to advance Barnett to third and David Soucy grounded to short to account for the final 11-1 score.
The Saints offense was productive and well balanced as four players collected multi-hit games. King finished 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored to join Hampton, Hanan and Wilkes.
The Stags kept their momentum from the ninth going into the nightcap, scoring in the first inning. Both Nick Hudyma and Sal Mancuso reached base on throwing errors by the Saints. Hudyma scored as Grant through wide of fist on a come-backer off the bat of Mancuso. It would prove to be the only run Grant would allow in his seven innings of work.
Siena answered back in the bottom half of the inning with two runs of its own. Roberts led off the inning with a single and came around to score as Hanan reached base on a throwing error. Hampton's infield single plated Hanan with what proved to be the winning run for the Saints.
The Saints scored their third run in the second as Wilkes tripled to lead off the frame and scored on Steve Ballas' grounder to third.
Grant got plenty of help from some stellar Siena defense. Blake Hanan threw out Sal Mancuso on a perfectly executed relay in the sixth to preserve the lead and Kevin Roberts made a spectacular diving stop on the final play of the game.
Doug Anderson finished with two hits in a losing effort for Fairfield. Starter Tim Dugan settled down to retire the last 10 Siena batters he faced, but suffered his fifth loss of the season.
The Saints will play the final game of the series tomorrow at noon against the Fairfield Stags.