May 8, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Senior Ryan Bitter and sophomore Ken Grant pitched Siena to a pair of much-needed MAAC wins Saturday afternoon in Loudonville. The duo limited the Peacocks to just four runs in the 16 innings played, as Siena took the opener 7-1 and the nightcap 7-3.
Freshman Lou Gattozzi drove in four runs in the first game, including the day's first tally with a sacrifice fly in the second inning. The drive to centerfield plated Blake Hanan, who had reached base with the first of his team-high three hits in the game. Hanan also stole two bases in the opener and one in the backend to move within one stolen base of the school's all-time mark. Hanan sits in third on the all-time charts with 79 steals, just one shy of Tony Fiumefreddo '98 and Nick Spera's '00 school record.
The Saints added a run in their next at bat, as sophomore Matt Gidaly continued his hot hitting with a leadoff triple that rolled to the right centerfield wall. He scored on Bill Lazio's fifth sacrifice fly of the season. Gattozzi provided Bitter with more breathing room in the fourth, grounding a sharp double just over the third base bag. Scott King, who singled to lead off the inning, scored before a hustling Hanan, who sprinted 270 feet to score all the way from first.
The Peacocks got their run in the fifth inning, as Rob Scordato scored on Wayne Guarino's single to center. Otherwise, Bitter was dominant, striking out nine batters and sprinkling six hits over eight innings of work to even his record at 5-5.
The Saints struck back for two runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Steve Ballas and an RBI ground out by Kevin Roberts. Gatozzi's second hit of the game scored Shawn Hampton with the game's final run in the seventh to account for the 7-1 final. Freshman Trevor Reid worked out of trouble in the ninth, forcing catcher Mark Ortiz into a game ending double play with two men aboard. Tony Cipolla joined, King, Hanan and Hampton with a multi hit game for the suddenly surging Siena bats. Rob Scordato paced Saint Peter's with three hits, Chris Hernandez added two.
Siena controlled the nightcap from start to finish as well, scoring the game's first seven runs to provide more than enough insurance for Grant. After two scoreless innings in which the Saints ran themselves out of rallies, the home team broke through for two runs in the third. Lazio singled home the game's first run with a shot to right and Cipolla followed with a run-scoring knock of his own.
In the fourth, the Saints added another run, but it could have been much worse. Hanan, Gatozzi, Ballas and Gidaly all singled in the frame, but the only run scored when Kevin Roberts was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Lazio grounded back to the mound with the bases juiced and the Peacocks turned the 1-2-3 double play to avert further damage. In the fifth, Siena finally broke through, scoring four times.
Shawn Hampton's towering homerun to cavernous right centerfield started the rally, which was fueled by a key fielding error with two outs. Gatozzi, who added two more hits in the second game, drove in the second run with a single to left, and Ballas doubled him home with a scorching shot down the left field line. Ballas came around to score on a double steal attempt that was misplayed by the Peacocks catcher.
Grant had allowed just four hits entering the final inning, when Saint Peter's doubled that output and scored their only three runs of the game. Jeff Prosdocimo and Mike Scordato had RBI hits to the left centerfield gap, and Richard George's sacrifice fly accounted for the other run.
Siena's 7-through-9 hitters collected six hits in eight at bats, as Ballas, Gidaly and Gatozzi each enjoyed multi-hit nightcaps. Lou Proietti was the only Peacock to muster a multi-hit game.
Siena will look to move to 15-1 all-time against Saint Peter's as the team's round out the three-game set in Loudonville at noon.