Softball Splits At Buccaneer Challenge

Sandrini tossed a complete game shutout in the Saints season opener.

Feb. 23, 2014

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Senior Jessika-Jo Sandrini pitched a complete game shutout in their season opening 1-0 win against Oakland on Saturday afternoon in Johnson City, Tenn. for the Buccaneer Challenge. The Saints dropped their second game 6-1 to East Tennessee State.

Overall, today was a good day," said coach Bill Lajeunesse. "We got our feet in the dirt and played well for the first time out this season."

Sandrini, captain and lone senior on the Saints roster, tallied six strikeouts in seven complete innings on 99 pitches.

"Jessika-Jo pitched a solid game one and our defense played well behind her."

The game's only run came in the Siena third on a Jessika-Jo Sandrini Sac Fly to centerfield, scoring Chelsey Drew. Drew started the inning, reaching on a throwing error by Oakland and eventually advancing to third on a single by Melanie Kalesse.

Alyssa Lancaster went had a great day at the plate, going 5-for-5 in the two games. Lancaster had two hits against Oakland and three hits against East Tennessee State.

The Saints offense showed some life in the East Tennessee State, but was unable to find the timely hitting needed to win the game. Despite three hits from Lancaster, the Saints only managed to score one run on Mikayla Powlowsky's first collegiate hit, a bases-loaded single to right field in the sixth inning. Back-to-back singles by Abby Carpenter and Alyssa Lancaster followed by a walk to Mikaela Searight set the stage for the freshmen to produce the run.

"We hit well in the second game but could not string them together when we needed to score," said Coach Lajeunesse.

Siena was unable to take advantage of back-to-back two out hits in the fourth inning by Jessika-Jo Sandrini and Alyssa Lancaster, only to leave them stranded on base.

ESTU's Taylor Carter hit a two-run homerun to left field off the Saints Antonia Edwards for the 2-0 advantage after the first inning. Carter singled in ETSU's 3-run third inning for her second hit of the game and would eventually score on an error.

ETSU scored three more times on four hits and an error in the third inning for a 5-0 lead, putting the game out of reach for the Saints.

The Saints are back in action Sunday morning to face Oakland at 10:00 a.m. and again immediately following their game against Oakland for a rematch with the host school East Tennessee State.