May 17, 2005
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - Siena scored five runs in its first at bat, and had four players post multi-hit games in a 10-6 win at America East leader Binghamton in its final non-conference game of the season Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore Trevor Reid picked up the win with two perfect innings of relief.
"I thought we did a great job offensively today, and bunched some big hits together," Head coach Tony Rossi said. "This was a great prep for our final conference series, and hopefully the effort will carry through this week and beyond."
Freshman Chris Klepps began the game with his first of three hits, a sharp double down the left field line. After Gabe Perez walked with two outs to put runners at the corners, the Saints executed a double steal to plate the first run of the game.
Rick Seltzer followed with a walk, and Eric Hildenbrand then lined a one hopper toward the hole on the left side of the Bearcat infield. Shortstop Brian Lindsay made a diving stop, but his throw to first bounced away from teammate Brendan Hitchcock, allowing Perez to score from second.
Siena starter Tom Hopkins worked two innings, as head coach Tony Rossi gave five pitchers work in a predetermined split rotation. Hopkins allowed only an RBI single by Hitchcock in the first.
The Saints lead expanded to 7-1 as Hopkins and Reid held the Bearcats in check through the fourth inning. In the second, Jake Willis walked, stole second and scored on Rick Seltzer's opposite field double. Seltzer singled to lead off the fourth, and came around to score on Vitalone's second big hit of the game, another opposite field double.
Binghamton struck for two runs in the fifth, as the first four batters of the inning reached base. Keith Ford doubled home the first run of the inning, but Corey Muscara avoided a big inning by retiring the middle of the Binghamton lineup in order with the bases loaded, allowing just a one-out sacrifice fly.
Ford singled home Jamie Boyer, who led off the inning with a single, in the sixth. In the seventh, the Bearcats cut the lead to a single run. Jeff Monaco looped a single into right centerfield off reliever Craig Chaput, scoring two runs to make the score 7-6.
Siena put the bats back to work, adding three big insurance runs in the top of the eighth. Billy Lazio began the frame with a long homerun to right field, pushing the advantage to 8-6. Vitalone then reached on a fielding error, Matt Gidaly walked, and Klepps beat out an infield hit - his third of the day -- to load the bases. Willis came through with a clutch two-out double over the third base bag, plating the final two runs of the game.
Relievers Kevin Snyder and James Pacifico shutdown the Binghamton bats in the final two innings. Snyder got the side in order, striking out the final two batters he faced. Pacifico also struck out two, including the final batter of the game with runners at second and third.
The Saints return to conference action at LeMoyne Thursday and Friday. The two teams will square off in a doubleheader at noon on Thursday, and play a single nine inning game on Friday at noon. Siena has already clinched one of the four qualifying spots for next week's MAAC Championships, May 26-28 in Fishkill, N.Y.