Saints Sweep Their Way to Eighth Consecutive MAAC Win
April 27, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Sophomore Josh Copskey (Stratford, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) spun a complete game two-hitter in the nightcap as Siena (21-22/12-5 MAAC) swept a conference doubleheader from Saint Peter's (8-22/4-13) 10-8 and 6-0. The Saints, now 12-5 in the MAAC, won for 17th time in their last 21 games.
Copskey's nine-strikeout performance came on the heels of one of the strangest games of the year earlier in the day. In the opener, the Peacocks scored five runs in the first four innings taking advantage of seven Siena errors. However, the Saints battled back to take the lead with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Ryan Finn's triple to centerfield scored the first two runs of the frame and classmate Jim Buckley followed with an RBI double bringing the red-hot bat of Tony Cipolla to the plate. Cipolla momentarily broke the game open with his sixth home run of the season. Two batters later, junior Matt Mueller added a run with his second home run in as many games.
Saint Peter's knocked Siena starter Justin Knoff from the game scoring three runs in the seventh to pull within a single tally. Following a 15-minute delay which saw the Saint Peter's dugout clear in response to the unruly actions of a few out of control fans, the Saints responded with an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning. Reliever Dave Pahucki closed the door, working the final two-plus innings without allowing a run, to pick up his second save of the season. Catcher Mark Ortiz had two hits and two RBI in a losing effort for the Peacocks.
Copskey received all the support he would need in the night cap from senior sensation Josh Kean (Schenectady, N.Y./Colonie/S.C.C.C) who had three hits including a two-RBI double to break the game open in the bottom of the sixth. Luis Khoury started the scoring with a RBI single in the seond. That hit was one of two in the game for Khoury. Sophomore Blake Hanan rounded out Siena players with multi-hit games.
Siena will go for its third consecutive MAAC series-sweep tomorrow at noon against Saint Peter's. Siena has played 18 of its 21 games this month at home.