May 15, 2003
Jeff Justice picked up two hits in each game, and Le Moyne rallied from early inning deficits in each contest to earn a doubleheader sweep of Siena at Dick Rockwell Field in Syracuse Thursday afternoon. The two league losses mean the Saints will now need a victory tomorrow and some help to qualify for the four-team MAAC Championships in Fishkill May 22-24.
In the opener the Saints struck first in their initial at bat, as freshman Scott King, who had a monster day at the plate, picked up his first RBI with a sharp single to left centerfield. The Dolphins quickly evened the score off emergency starter John Lannan with a Kyle Brown sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame. Lannan was filling in for Siena's ace Ryan Bitter who would have been working on just four-days rest.
Le Moyne added another tally in the second inning and Justice delivered the key hit of the game in the third-a two run homerun to center. Lannan then settled down and pitched quite well the rest of the way, as he and reliever Josh Courage did not allow another LeMoyne run. King got the Saints to within a single run with a two-run shot to left field, but that would be as close as Siena would get.
The best scoring opportunity came in the eighth, when Tony Cipolla singled and advanced to second on a sharp single off reliever Andy Weimer. Weimer picked up his sixth save of the season in relief of starter Brian Matoon who improved to a perfect 9-0 in MAAC action. Cipolla was stranded at second as Brian Schmotzer lined out to center and King and Shawn Hampton were retired to end the threat.
In the nightcap, Siena again grabbed an early lead with three runs in the top of the first inning. King again delivered the big blow with a to out double over the centerfielder's head and Schmotzer scored him with a single through the left side of the infield.
The Dolphins took over the lead with four runs off Siena starter Jeremy Cabot in their second at bat. Eddie Harper's single to right field chased home two of the tallies, including the equalizer. Anthony Aquilino also picked up an RBI single in the inning. Brian Frisbee's one-out home run stretched the Le Moyne lead to 5-3 and chased Cabot from the game in the third inning.
The Saints would not go quietly, however, as they regained the advantage with three runs in the fifth inning on a pair of home runs. Matt Mueller launched a two-run shot just over the left field wall to start the rally and Hampton followed two batters later with a momentous shot to left centerfield to give the Saints the lead.
Le Moyne fired back with three runs in the home half of the frame. Mark Affronti, the Dolphins' nine hitter, delivered the big blow with a two-out RBI single to right centerfield. Juctice's single highlighted a two-run sixth inning that gave Le Moyne all the insurance they would need.