Iona Takes Rubber Game From Siena in Extra Innings

April 25, 2004

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - A.J. Dederick lined a two-out double just past the outstretched dive of Siena rightfielder Scott King in the top of the 10th inning driving home the winning run in Iona's 4-3 come-from-behind win over Siena in Loudonville Sunday afternoon. The win gave the Gaels a 2-1 series victory following yesterday's doubleheader split.

Siena (19-19/7-6 MAAC) appeared on the verge of knocking Iona starter Marty Hand from the game in their initial at bat. The first four Saints roped base hits off the sophomore right-hander as the home team struck twice in the first. Kevin Roberts singled down the right field line to start the rally and scored as Bill Lazio got caught in a rundown following a hard-hit single to left centerfield. Tony Cipolla and Shawn Hampton followed with blistering base hits, and Blake Hanan's infield single plated the second run.

From that point on Hand was a different pitcher, settling down to allow just three more hits and one additional run in nine innings of solid work. The Gaels chipped away at the lead in the third inning as Steve Sallustio drove home Dan Potocki with a sacrifice fly to center. The Saints got that run back in the fourth as Greg Batista singled home Blake Hanan, who had three stolen bases in a losing effort.

Iona (12-23/6-7 MAAC) evened the score with single runs in the fifth and sixth inning off Siena starter John Lannan. Rob Villanova singled home Matt Callahan who reached on a throwing error for an unearned tally in the fifth and James LaSala's fielder's choice groundout scored Kevin Sorhaindo in the sixth.



Lannan gutted out 7 1/3 innings, tossing 136 pitches and allowing just two earned runs in picking up the no-decision. He worked out of trouble all afternoon, and was saved in the eighth as reliever Josh Copskey battled through a seemingly impossible jam when Potocki appeared to miss a suicide squeeze sign with runners at second and third and one out. Matt Bruno was caught charging for the plate and James LaSala got gunned down at third trying to advance ending the threat.

Copskey and Hand exchanged scoreless frames into the 10th, when Bruno reached with one out as Copskey's 2-2 offering hit him in the foot. The senior right-hander got LaSala to fly out to right field, but Dederick followed with the clutch double that rolled all the way to the wall allowing Bruno to score from first.

Siena mounted a mild rally in the bottom of the 10th as Gidaly reached on an infield single to start the inning and was advanced to second on Roberts' well-executed sacrifice. Lazio followed with a line drive to center that moved the potential tying run to third, but Cipolla flew out to deep right to end the game.

Series Notes: Iona has won eight of the last nine meetings between the two schools...Siena out-scored Iona 22-14 in the three games...The Saints team batting average continues to climb and now stands at .275...Seniors Kevin Roberts and Tony Cipolla each eclipsed Dave Marek's '98 career base hit total this weekend...Roberts currently sits in third place with 199 career hits and Cipolla is in fourth on the charts with 198...Blake Hanan picked up his 200th hit earlier this week and is in second all-time with 209 career hits...Lanan owns a 3-0 record in MAAC play this season and a team-best 2.30 ERA...Blake Hanan is batting .449 in conference games...The loss gives Siena a .500 record for the third time this week.