Siena Doubles Up Canisius 6-3 to Take MAAC Series
May 3, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Shawn Hampton and Scott King each collected a pair of hits and drove in two runs pacing Siena's 6-3 MAAC win over Canisius in Buffalo Monday. John Lannan pitched six strong innings to improve to 6-2 on the season and Josh Copskey closed the door with three innings of solid relief as the Saints took the series 2-1.
Hampton got the Saints on the board in their first at bat, with a sharp single up the middle that plated Kevin Roberts who led off the game with a walk. The Griffs tied the game in the second on consecutive hits by Dennis Wellman and Ron Hooper. Hooper doubled to centerfield chasing home Wellman who reached with a one-out single.
Siena (22-21/9-7 MAAC) got the run back in the third as Hampton scored his first of two runs from third base on a double steal attempt. King was thrown out at second on the play to end the inning. The Saints expanded their lead to 3-1 in the fifth, as Matt Gidaly began the frame with a bunt single and came around to score on Tony Cipolla's fielder's choice ground out. Both Gidaly and Hampton hit better than .500 in Siena's five games this past week.
Canisius (3-33/3-15 MAAC) inched closer in the sixth on Rowan Lam's RBI single to right field, but Lannan worked out of trouble by getting Wellman to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Lannan struck out eight and walked just one in six innings of work.
The Saints broke the game open in the seventh with three runs. Hampton doubled to left centerfield to score the first run of the inning, and King plated the next two with a single to centerfield. Canisius added an unearned run in the bottom half of the inning to account for the final 6-3 score.
Josh Copskey earned his second save of the season, pitching the final three innings without allowing an earned run.
Siena returns to action at UMass on Tuesday before hosting Army at Siena Field Wednesday.