May 17, 2002
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Freshman Mike Lewis and sophomore Chad Sidmore limited Siena (28-27/17-9 MAAC) to just three hits and one unearned run to spoil senior day at Siena Field. Le Moyne (29-16/19-7) scored once in the first inning and one more in the seventh en route to the 2-1 win. Siena starter Josh Copskey (Stratford, N.J./Gloucester Catholic) pitched eight and two thirds inning of brilliant baseball in suffering the hard luck loss.
The stringent pitchers duel came as a bit of a surprise as each team scored in its first at bat. Eddie Harper led off the game with a triple to left centerfield and came around to score on a Scott Edwardsen sacrifice fly to put Le Moyne up early. In the bottom of the inning, Kevin Roberts walked to lead off, and Tony Cipolla followed with a sharp single down the left field line. Roberts came around to score on a two-out double steal attempt as Le Moyne catcher Stephen Suarez threw the ball into left field in attempting to cut Roberts down at third.
Both Copskey and Lewis matched zeros for the next five innings before Le Moyne struck for the eventual game-winner in the seventh. Brian Frisbee, who had three hits on the afternoon, led off the frame with a single through the right side of the Siena infield. Jeff Justice sacrificed him to second and Brett Woodcock singled him home one batter later.
Siena's best chance to tie the game came in the bottom of the eighth when senior Steve Castellani led off with a single to right field. Roberts drew a one out walk to put runners on first and second for the heart of the Siena order. After Tony Cipolla hit into a fielder's choice, Siena's home run king Ryan Finn came to the plate for his final at bat at Siena Field. Finn flied out to left field, narrowly missing his 48th career home run, to end the threat.
Copskey sacrificed 11 hits and did not walk a batter, hurling 109 pitches-84 of which were strikes. Lewis threw seven and a third to pick up his fifth win of the season. The freshman right hander struck out nine Siena batters and allowed just three hits. Sidmore pitched the remainder of the eight and the ninth to pick up the save without allowing a hit.
Siena and Le Moyne will meet again in the first round of the MAAC Championships at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill next Thursday at 3 p.m. The top seed Marist, will take on either Rider or Manhattan in the other first round match up at 7 p.m. The double elimination Tournament continues on Friday and concludes with Saturday's championship match up with the winner earning an outright berth in the Division I NCAA Baseball Tournament.