Feb. 27, 2005
The Siena softball team began its season with a bang this weekend, winning three of its four games in the Comfort Inn Marist Classic. The Saints defeated Samford, Mississippi Valley state and conference foe Marist, losing its lone decision to Mercer on Saturday.
The Saints went 2-0 on the first day of competition, upsetting Samford 4-2 and dominating Mississippi Valley State 9-1. Alyson DeMarino's three-run double in the bottom of the first inning helped the Saints rally from an early 2-0 deficit, scoring the eventual winning run. After Samford scored twice in its first at bat, Siena answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Neither team scored the rest of the way, as Siena's Tara Campbell picked up the complete game win, allowing just the two first inning runs.
In the nightcap, the Saints used another four run frame to put the game away early. Siena scored four times in the second inning and twice in the third to stake Adrian St. Cin to an early 6-0 lead. Sarah Rose, Carrie Getz, Meghan Woltz and Jennifer Griner each had a pair of hits in the 5-inning 9-1 win. St. Cin struck out five and allowed only five hits in her first of two wins on the weekend.
More first inning fireworks were in store on Saturday, as Merecer raced to a 4-0 lead against Campbell in their first at bat, but Siena answered with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Woltz and catcher Colleen Price each had two hits in the Mercer game, but the Bears pulled away for a 12-3 win thanks in large part to a five-run fourth inning.
The Saints got to test themselves against a MAAC school in their final game, and they couldn't have been happier with the result. Siena dominated Marist 6-0, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. St. Cin went the full seven innings and pitched a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts to improve to 2-0. Getz, Woltz, Jennifer Granato, Sarah Rose and Christ Fasano each had multi-hit games for Siena.