Baseball Rallies to Salvage Split With Iona
April 24, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Siena scored 18 runs on 18 hits in the backend of a polar opposite doubleheader with visiting Iona Saturday. The Saints cruised to an 18-4 win in the second game after struggling at the plate in a 6-1 loss in the opener. Kevin Roberts had four of his game-high five hits in the second game.
Iona (12-22/5-7 MAAC) touched MAAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year Ryan Bitter for runs in its first three at bats of game one. The Gaels struck for a pair in the first inning on centerfielder Kevin Sorhaindo's two-out single to right field. Soraindo laced a breaking ball to the opposite field after being caught off guard with a similar offering the pitch before. The Gales added single runs in their next two at bats to take a 4-0 lead on RBI singles by Dan Potocki and Mike Perrone.
Sorhaindo picked up his third and fourth RBI in the fifth inning with another two out hit to right field. Josh Burnett, who teamed with Mike Orlick for four innings of shutout relief, relieved Bitter the following inning.
Blake Hanan provided the lone offensive highlight for the Saints (19-18/7-5) with a ninth inning leadoff homerun to left field. Iona's Sean Kramer was spectacular in compiling the complete game victory. The junior southpaw allowed just seven hits and struck out seven in picking up his fifth victory of the season.
The Gaels got things started the right way in the second game as well with two runs in their first at bat. Perrone doubled over left fielder Shawn Hampton's head plating Rob Fortner-Villanova and Matt Callahan. Siena starter Ken Grant settled down and allowed just two sixth inning runs the rest of the way en route to his second victory of the season.
Siena evened things with two runs in their first at bat on Tony Cipolla's fifth home run of the season. The towering blast to left field scored Roberts and was a sign of things to come. The Saints took the lead for good with two more runs in the second inning, chasing starter Chris Lopez from the game. Roberts drove home the first with a sacrifice fly and Scott King drew a bases loaded walk to account for the second.
Things got out of control in the middle innings, as the Siena bats rocked the Iona bullpen to the tune of 14 runs in innings four through six. Centerfielder Matt Gidaly drove in five runs in the game and collected his first home run of the season in the sixth inning. Cipolla had three hits, four RBI and three runs scored and Blake Hanan was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Shawn Hampton and Greg Batista joined Roberts, who also drove in three runs, with multi-hit games.
Iona didn't do itself any favors in the field committing five errors after playing flawless baseball in the opener. Sorhaindo finished his fine afternoon at the plate with two hits in a losing effort.
Kevin Snyder pitched a hit-free seventh to seal the deal and set the stage for tomorrow's rubber game at noon.