April 21, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Just over 10 years after future major leaguer Tim Christman no-hit Niagara on April 9, 1994 at Siena Field, three Siena pitchers combined to throw the first no-hitter since, as the Saints cruised to a 12-0 victory over New York Tech in the backend of a doubleheader in Loudonville Wednesday. Freshman Trevor Reid did the bulk of the work, tossing five innings that were bookmarked by single no hit innings from classmate Dan Weingart and Junior College transfer Mike Orlick. New York Tech won the first game 8-4.
Weingart started the nightcap and retired the Bears in order after hitting lead-off man Kraig Binick with a pitch. Siena (18-17) batted around in its first at bat, scoring four times to build a comfortable cushion. Shawn Hampton laced a double down the left field line to plate the first two runs and Scott King grounded out scoring Tony Cipolla for the third. Hampton scored on a throwing error.
Following the unusually long first inning, Reid, who quickly settled into his routine, relieved Weingart. The 6-foot freshman from Harrisburg, Pa. retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced, as only Tim Smith reached on a fourth inning fielding error. The Saints provided more than enough insurance with a six run fourth inning highlighted by multi-RBI hits by Hampton and Lou Gattozzi.
Hampton and King each had two hits and four RBI for the victors, while Hanan was 3-for-3 at the plate and scored three times. The top four hitters in the Siena order scored 10 of the teams 12 runs. After the Saints added two runs in the fifth on King's two-RBI triple to right centerfield, Reid worked a perfect sixth and Orlick came on to finish things off in the seventh. Orlick got the side in order, striking out pinch hitter Gary Needham to end the game.
The no-hitter was all the more surprising given the Bears offensive success in the opener.
New York Tech broke open a 4-4 tie with four runs in their final two at bats, and pounded out 13 hits in an 8-4 win to start the day. Andrew Karkoulas singled home the eventual winning run in the sixth and Binick, who finished with a game-high three hits, doubled home another run in the sixth.
Hanan gave the Saints their only lead of the game with a two-out RBI single to left field that scored King and Cipolla, putting the Saints up 3-2. Bill Lazio's grounder tied the game at 4-4 in the Saints next at bat, but that proved short lived.
Ronny Reyes added two hits and a pair of RBI for Tech, while Jelani Arnold and Anthony St. George each added two hits. No Siena player had a two-hit game in the opener, as Bears' starter Tom Park went the distance allowing just six hits and striking out five.
Siena returns to MAAC action this weekend, welcoming Iona to Loudonville. The three-game series at Siena Field begins with Saturday's doubleheader at noon.