April 20, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Junior Josh Burnett fired six innings of three hit ball en route to his fourth consecutive victory and Josh Copskey slammed the door with three strong innings of relief in earning his first collegiate save as Siena defeated Binghamton 8-4 on a glorious afternoon in Loudonville. Tony Cipolla was the offensive star of the day, collecting two hits, the marquee being a two-run insurance homerun to deep left centerfield in the eighth inning.
Siena (17-16) sprinted to a quick 4-0 lead, scoring once in their first at bat and three times in the third inning. Senior Kevin Roberts tripled off the right centerfield wall to start the game and scored on Bill Lazio's ensuing sacrifice fly to left field. Roberts and Lazio joined Cipolla with multi-hit afternoons for the victors.
In the third, the Saints took advantage of Binghamton (15-10) starter Chris Shores' wildness, scoring three runs on just two hits. Matt Gidaly and Cipolla each scored on wild pitches and Lazio was forced home on a bases loaded walk to Blake Hanan.
The Bearcats did all their damage off Burnett in the fourth inning, as he too struggled with his control. Burnett his Joe Costello and Jay Balback with back-to-back 1-2 pitches to bring Jamie Boyer to the plate with two on and one out. Boyer delivered a towering three-run homerun to right centerfield, bringing Binghamton within a run. It would be as close as the Bearcats would get.
The improved Siena offense struck for a pair of runs in the sixth inning to extend the lead to 6-3. Cipolla delivered a key two-out, run-scoring single through the left side of the infield plating Roberts who had doubled with one out. Shawn Hampton followed with an RBI double that snuck past Boyer at first base scoring Cipolla.
Burnett was relieved by Copskey in the seventh after striking out four, allowing just three hits and not walking a batter. Binghamton scored an unearned run off Copskey in the seventh as Whitney Powell reached on a one-out fielding error and scored on Brendon Hitchcock's sinking line drive to center that was caught by a diving Gidaly.
Cipolla's homerun came with on the first offering from sophomore Adam Shatkun with one-out and a man on. The senior third baseman, who has caught the last two games, deposited the pitch in one of the deepest parts of cavernous Siena Field-left centerfield. Roberts scored his third run of the day on the blast.
Copskey worked out of a small jam in the ninth by getting Pat Haughie to ground into a game-ending doubleplay initiated by Hanan.
The Saints continue their extensive homestand with a doubleheader against New York Tech beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.