May 4, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Kevin Roberts launched the first pitch of the game over the right field wall giving Siena a lead it would not relinquish in a 7-5 triumph at UMass Tuesday afternoon. Delmar's Josh Burnett picked up his fifth win in six starts, tossing seven strong innings to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Roberts homerun, the second consecutive off a UMass starter on the first offering of a game at Earl Lorden Field, held up until the fifth inning, when the Saints tacked on another run. Red-hot Shawn Hampton laced a single to right field scoring Roberts to push the lead to 2-0. In the sixth, Siena added two more runs, the first coming with some nifty baserunning from senior Blake Hanan. Hanan advanced to second on a passed ball, and scored after forcing an errant throw after stealing third. Matt Gidaly scored later in the inning on a fielding error.
Frank Currie got the Minutemen (14-20) on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth, accounting for the only runs Burnett would allow.
In the seventh, Tony Cipolla scored an unearned run following a fielding error to get one of the runs back for the visitors. Cipolla joined Currie with a game-high three hits.
The Minutemen put up two additional runs in the eighth inning thanks to a Siena error and an RBI by senior first baseman Matt Reynold. But Siena again responded with a pair of runs in the top of the ninth on a clutch hit by Gidaly, providing what proved to be the game-winning runs.
UMass rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as senior shortstop Mike Athas singled down the right field line, and following a walk to senior second baseman Cullan Maumus, Athas scored on a two-run double down the leftfield line by Curreri. Siena closer Josh Courage finally finished off the game, fanning Reynolds on three pitches.
Courage picked up his seventh save of the season allowing two earned runs in two innings of work. UMass reliever Jeremy Demers took the loss to even up at 1-1 on the year.
Roberts and Hampton joined Cipolla with multi-hit games for Siena for which returns to action at home against Army at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.