April 28, 2003
Siena pounded out 16 hits and scored 17 runs in the opener, and freshman Scott King pitched a complete game three-hitter in the nightcap as the Saint got back on track with a pair of victories at Saint Peter's on Sunday afternoon. Siena took the first game 17-1 and held on late in the second, earning a 2-1 triumph. The third and final game of the series will be played Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.
Junior Ryan Bitter saw his MAAC ERA move to 0.90 with his fifth compete game in six conference starts this season. Bitter fell just shy of his fourth MAAC shutout, surrendering a run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The junior college transfer scattered eight hits, struck out eight batters and did not walk a Peacock as he improved to 4-1 in MAAC action.
If Bitter's performances have become commonplace, the real surprise of the day was the emergence of the Siena offense. The Saints struck for five runs in their second at bat, six in the fourth inning and three in both the seventh and ninth innings, reversing a season-long slump at the plate. Five Siena players produced multi-hit games, keyed by Kevin Roberts and Matt Mueller's three-hit outburst. Junior third baseman Tony Cipolla drove in four runs and classmate Blake Hanan had three RBI in the rout.
The Saints struck for a run in their first at bat of the nightcap, but the Peacocks fired back with a tally of their own in their initial go-around. Freshman Brian Schmotzer drove in Shawn Hampton, who had two hits and a pair of stolen bases.
The pitchers then took over, matching zeros until the decisive seventh inning. Tony Cipolla eventually singled home Kevin Roberts with the game-winner after Roberts reached with a two-out walk.
King, making the first start of his college career, worked out of trouble in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases by hitting three batters.