Saints Defeat Cornell 5-1 in Opener Before Settling For 1-1 Tie in Literal Nightcap
April 29, 2003
The Siena baseball team (12-29-1) locked horns with Cornell University (15-17-1) for
18 ? innings Wednesday afternoon and both teams walked off the field unsatisfied. The Saints extended their winning streak to a season-high four games with a 5-1 win in the opener, before squelching several opportunities to pull off the sweep in a 1-1 tie that was called after 12 innings in the nightcap.
Freshman Matt Gidaly picked up his first collegiate victory in game, pitching five shutout innings and allowing just two hits. The Saints got on the board in their second at bat, as MAAC Rookie of the Week Scott King singled home Matt Mueller who reached on a throwing error. Siena would strand the bases in that frame, but quickly made up for it by scoring three runs in their next at bat.
Brian Schmotzer's double to left centerfield keyed the rally, scoring two runs. He would later score Siena's fourth run on a wild pitch. The Saints tacked on their fifth run in the fourth inning as Kevin Roberts scored following one of Cornell's four first-game errors.
David Bredhoff doubled home Cornell'sonly run off reliever Dale Szachewicz in the sixth inning. Szachewicz settled down to pitch a scoreless seventh preserving the win.
Siena again struck first in the three-hour nightcap, and again Schmotzer picked up the RBI. The Saints, however, let their first of several opportunities slip by in that sequence, as runners were on second and third with no outs, and only Shawn Hampton found his way home. Cornell tied the score in their ensuing at bat as Dan Parant drove home Matt Goodson.
The Big Red stranded three of their 14 base runners in the fifth, and left the bases full again in the seventh. Siena's best chance to win the game came in their final at bat, when they loaded the bases with nobody for the top of the batting order. Lead-off man Kevin Roberts
grounded to first base and Blake Hanan
was forced out at home on the play. Shawn Hampton
followed with a fly ball to shallow leftfield and Tony Cipolla
grounded to third to end the threat and the game.
Siena returns to MAAC action in Loudonville this weekend as they welcome Canisius to town for a three-game set beginning Saturday at noon.