May 4, 2005
Milan Dinga and Schuyler Williamson each had three hits as Army built a 7-0 lead, and held off a late Siena rally to win 7-3 in Loudonville Wednesday afternoon. It was the second straight loss for Siena which had won nine consecutive games entering the week. The Saints travel to Saint Peter's for a three-game MAAC set this weekend.
Army (32-10) scored three runs in the second inning off Saints (20-19) starter Ryan King. Chris Simmons singled to right center with one out, and Cole White followed with a homerun that hooked inside the left field foul pole to break the ice. After King struck out Kyle Scogin reached on a two out fielding error, and he scored on Dinga's ensuing triple to right centerfield.
The Black Knights put their dominant pitching staff on display, using five pitchers on the afternoon, none of which allowed an earned run.
Williamson doubled home Ding in the fourth to put Army on top 4-0. The Siena bullpen was solid for the most part. Freshman Corey Muscara gave up three runs on four hits in four innings of work, and relievers Tom Hopkins, Kevin Snyder and Mike Orlick did not allow an earned run in the last third of the game.
Williamson touched Muscara for a two-run homer in the sixth to make the scored 6-0. The lead reached 7-0 following an error in the eighth.
Siena did all its damage in the bottom of the eighth. Jake Willis' fifth homerun of the season highlighted the rally. The two run shot easily cleared the left centerfield wall in cavernous Siena Field. Chris Klepps walked and scored the other run on a passed ball. Rick Seltzer and Eric Hildenbrand followed Willis' homerun with hard hits that forced the Black Knights to go to the pen. Monte James came on and struck out John Wilkes with runners at second and third to end the threat.
Dings moved from left field to the mound, and worked a perfect ninth to preserve the win. Willis, Siena's leading hitter, was the only Saint to manage two hits.
Siena, 12-3 in the MAAC, takes on last place Saint Peter's in Jersey City this weekend.