April 28, 2003
Tony Cipolla collected three hits and drove in five runs, pacing Siena's (11-29/10-7 MAAC) 14-6 pounding of conference foe Saint Peter's (3-26/2-15 MAAC) in Jersey City Monday afternoon. Senior Jeremy Cabot picked up the complete game victory allowing just three earned runs and the Siena offense erupted from its season-long slumber to produce 14 of its 33 runs (31 in two games) in the three-game series.
The Saints started the scoring with a pair of runs in their first at bat, as Shawn Hampton launched his second home run of the season to centerfield and Matt Mueller scored Cipolla on a one-out sacrifice fly. The rally was mirrored by the Peacocks in their initial approach, as Russell Rinaldi singled home a run and a second scored on an error by Cabot.
Siena would score the game's next eight runs, striking for three in the second inning, four in the sixth and one in the seventh. Blake Hanan's led off the second with his third home run of the season, and Cipolla singled home two of his five RBI later in the frame. The junior third baseman also keyed the sixth inning spurt with a bases-clearing double to left centerfield. After freshman Matt Gidaly, who ended with two hits and two runs scored, singled home Siena's 10th run in the seventh, the Peacocks finally got back on the board with three runs after the stretch.
Any hopes of a Saint Peter's comeback were thwarted in Siena's final at bat, as the Saints struck for four more runs. Kevin Roberts singled home the first run of the inning, and Shawn Hampton, who would later score on a balk, drove in the next two.
The Peacocks added their third unearned run of the game in the bottom of the ninth to account for the final margin.
Siena, now 10-7 in MAAC play returns to action at Siena Field tomorrow afternoon. The Saints take on Cornell University in a doubleheader that begins at 3 p.m. MAAC play resumes this weekend, as Siena welcomes Canisius to Loudonville.