Siena Battles Back to Earn Baseball Split With Cornell

April 28, 2004

Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score

Brian Schmotzer's two-out double to right field highlighted a four-run sixth inning, helping Siena erase a five-run deficit to salvage a doubleheader split with Cornell in Ithaca Wednesday afternoon. The Saints rallied to take an entertaining second game 10-9 after dropping the first 2-1.

Cornell (11-26) used three pitchers to shut down the Siena (20-20) offense in the opener. Starter Dan Gala pitched four strong innings to earn the win and Blake Hamilton pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up the save.

Siena starter James Pacifico (Leeds, N.Y./Cairo-Durham) suffered the hard-luck loss, pitching the full six innings while allowing just six hits and the two runs.

The Big Red got on the board first in the second inning as Dan Parant singled home Ned Van Allen with the day's first run.

The Saints responded in the fifth when Steve Ballas drove home John Wilkes with a sharp single to centerfield. The hit was one of just four in the game for the visitors.

Ben Gordon singled home the decisive run in the home half of the frame, plating Josh Foster who reached on a two-out single. Gordon was the only player from either team to register a multi-hit game.

The first game was completed in a brisk one hour and 27 minutes and the two teams combined for just one error.

The backend was a different story.

Gordon carried his offensive momentum into the nightcap, blasting a towering homerun to left field to lead off the game. The 1-0 lead held up until the third inning, when Siena broke through off reliever Matthew Light.

Senior Shawn Hampton tripled off the right field wall highlighting a three-run outburst that gave the Saints their first lead of the afternoon. Tony Cipolla, who had singled home Kevin Roberts on the at bat prior, scored on the play. Roberts had doubled to lead off the inning--it was the 200th hit of his career (3rd all-time). Hampton scored the third run on a wild pitch.



The Saints added a single run in the fourth inning on Matt Gidaly's second hit of the afternoon.

Cornell's eight-run sixth inning started as Pauley reached on a fielding error. Jim Hylan's two-run single scored the tying run and Gordon gave Cornell the lead with a fielder's choice groundout. Pauley's second at bat of the inning seemed to provide all the insurance the Big Red would need, as he lined a three-run homerun to left field.

Siena inched closer in the fifth inning, scoring twice. Senior Blake Hanan tripled to right field driving home Hampton who led off the inning with his second hit of the game. Hanan scored on Schmotzer's one-out grounder to second base.

In the sixth, the Saints took advantage of Cornell's wildness on the mound, scoring four times on just one hit (Schmotzer's clutch double). Reliever Conor Kelly lasted just four batters, walking three in suffering the loss.

Freshman Trevor Reid picked up the victory for the Saints working 1 2/3 innings and Josh Courage pitched two scoreless innings to close the game, registering his team-high sixth save.

Siena returns to MAAC action this weekend in Buffalo, as they take on Canisius in a three-game set beginning Saturday.