May 20, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - LeMoyne's Matt Scherer and Bobby Blevins pitched one-run gems bookending a doubleheader sweep of Siena in Loudonville Thursday. Senior Ryan Bitter suffered the hard-luck loss in his final start at Siena Field in the opener, 3-1, and the Dolphins cruised to a 7-1 win in the backend.
LeMoyne did most of its damage early in the first game, striking for a run in its first two at bats. Mike Affronti's two-out single down the leftfield line plated the day's first run in the first inning, but the Saints avoided more trouble as Jeff Justice was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play. The Dolphins added another tally in the second, as Andre Enriquez doubled to begin the frame and came around to score on Aaron Bulkley's fielder's choice groundout.
Bitter than settled down, and allowed just three hits and one run the remainder of the way. He picked up the loss despite working the complete game and striking out five. His 81 strikeouts and 99 innings pitched this year are both single-season school records. He also became increasingly dominant as the game advanced, and did not allow a run after the fifth inning. That run was scored by Bulkley, who tripled to begin the inning and scored on Kyle Brown's ensuing grounder to short.
Though Siena threatened several times, their lone run came on Shawn Hampton's third homerun of the season in the seventh. Sherer worked out of a key jam in the fifth after allowing a leadoff double to Kevin Roberts, by catching the Saints leadoff hitter attempting to advance on a come-backer off the bat of Bill Lazio. Roberts was the only Saint to manage a multi-hit game in either end of the twin-bill, collecting two base hits in the opener.
Nick Marascia overcame random bouts with wildness to pick up his fifth save of the season working the final two innings without allowing a run. Enriquez collected two hits for the visitors.
LeMoyne again struck first in the nightcap, scoring in the second inning off Siena starter Ken Grant. Enriques singled to begin the rally, advanced to second on Steve Suarez's groundout and scored on Brian Hansen's one-out hit through the right side of the Siena infield. Grant worked out of further trouble, striking out Keith Connors with the bases loaded and one out, and then coercing Anthony Aqualino into a fielders choice to end the rally.
Siena struck for its only run in the bottom of the second, momentarily tying the game at 1-1. Eric Hildenbrand's sharply hit line drive soared over Jeff Justice's head in left, allowing Lou Gattozzi, who was hit by a pitch with two outs, to score from first.
The Dolphins answered with a pair of runs in their very next at bat. Enriquez's sacrifice fly scored the first run of the inning, and Steve Suarez launched a towering homerun to right field to account for the other run. In the fourth, LeMoyne chased Grant from the game, scoring three times on four hits. Bulkley began the inning with a double to left center and scored on Connor's RBI single to left field. Aquilino doubled home Connors with the Dolphin's fifth run, and reliever Josh Courage surrendered a run-scoring double off the bat of Justice that made the score 6-1.
The run support was more than enough for Blevins who worked six strong innings allowing just the one run and five hits. Courage was effective in relief for the Saints, allowing just one run on five hits in three and two thirds innings of work.
Albany native Kyle Brown was 3-for-4 in the nightcap and stole his 42nd base of the season after being thrown out by Hildenbrand on his lone attempt in the first game. The two teams complete the three game series with a single game at noon on Friday. Siena needs to win the game AND have Iona sweep three games from Marist to advance to next week's conference Tournament.