March 19, 2011
Junior Brian Blasik is on an 11-game hitting streak, dating back to last season.
Game 1: Siena 6, Dayton 3 >>Box Score
Game 2: Siena 4, Dayton 1 >>Box Score
DAYTON, Ohio –
University of Dayton baseball lost two games of a doubleheader against Siena on Saturday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Stadium, 6-3 and 4-1, respectively. The Flyers kept pace with Siena at the plate as both teams recorded 20 hits in two games, but UD left a total of 22 runners on base in its back-to-back losses.
“We showed absolutely no team offense today,” Head Coach Tony Vittorio said. “That is what this game is all about – quality at-bats and team offense – that’s what we want to be all about. We are not going to win games when we score four runs in two games. We had good enough pitching today to win games, but we needed more team offense.”
Junior Brian Blasik now has a hit in all four of the games he has played in his first week of action this season. Blasik went 3-for-5 in game one and 1-for-4 in game two which extended his hitting streak to 11 games dating back to May 11 of last season. The Germantown, Ohio native also has five stolen bases and seven runs scored in his first four games of 2011.
The Flyers and Saints conclude a four-game series at Time Warner Cable Stadium on Sunday, beginning at 12 p.m. ET.
In game one, Dayton began seven of the nine innings with a leadoff batter reaching base, but the Flyers left a total of nine runners on base in a 6-3 loss.
Senior Jonathan Castine had the Flyers’ only two RBI of the game, finishing 2-for-4. The first was a single up the middle in the fourth inning and the second a two-out double in an eighth inning rally to put UD within three, 6-3.
Siena’s Justin Brantley (2-2) tossed eight full innings with four strikeouts and allowed 10 hits and three runs to earn the game one win. Ryan Poplawski allowed four runners to reach base in the ninth inning but held the Flyers scoreless to earn his third save of the season.
Junior Mike Hauschild (3-2) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts to earn the loss on the mound.
In game two, Siena starting pitcher Zach Hartman (2-2) threw a complete, one-run victory to take the doubleheader sweep, 4-1.
Junior Burny Mitchem (0-2) allowed just one earned run through eight innings with three strikeouts in his second start of the season.
“I’ve been flirting around with using Burny as a closer, but I see him more as a starter at this point,” Vittorio said. “He has too good of an arm to use in just 40 innings the whole season. Today, I thought that he really battled out there.”
Freshman Mel Skochdopole went 2-for-4 at the plate as the only Flyer with a multi-hit game.
Junior Bobby Glover scored the only run of the game for Dayon after leading off the third inning with a double to right-center field. Glover advanced to third on a single from Blasik and advanced home on a wild pitch.
Siena’s Mike Fish went 3-for-5 in game two.