March 9, 2014
In the opening day of the 2014 Rebel Spring Games, the Siena softball team split in two games on Sunday in Winter Haven, Florida. The Saints won the first game 11-3 in five innings against UMass-Lowell and dropped the second game against Utah Valley 3-1.
"The offense finally came around and hit the pretty well in spots," said Coach Lajeunesse. "We hope to continue to have another outing like this tomorrow and J.J.(Sandrini) had another great performance in the circle for us."
In the first game of the Rebel Spring Games, Jessika-Jo Sandrini came out and led the Saints to an 11-3 win over UMass-Lowell in five innings. Sandrini gave up all three runs on four hits in the five inning complete game. Sandrini faced 21 batters, striking out 3.
Lauren Milligan led the Saints offensively, scoring three runs on a perfect two-for-two performance. Milligan took advantage of her speed on the bases, stealing two bases to help put added pressure on the River Hawks defense.
The offensive production was evenly distributed throughout the lineup as there were nine different Saints to record an RBI. Alyssa Lancaster continued to swing her hot bat with two hits in two at-bats. Paige Lloyd and Stephanie Viggiano joined Milligan and Lancaster as the only Saints with a multi-hit game.
The Saints’ offense stalled in the second game against Utah Valley, only posting four total hits, scoring only one run in the 3-1 loss. The four hits came from four different Saints. Chelsey Drew earned the teams only RBI on her single in sixth inning, scoring Jessika-Jo Sandrini.
Mackenzie Cronin, Abby Carpenter and Jessika-Jo Sandrini earned the other three hits for the Saints.
Antonia Edwards (0-2) started in the circle, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Freshman Danielle Cacciola relieved Edwards in the fourth inning and helped keep the Saints within striking distance in four innings pitched. Cacciola allowed one run on five hits.
Softball is back in action on tomorrow for more non-conference action against MAAC member Saint Peter’s (9:00 a.m) and Howard (11:00 a.m.) for the second day of the Rebel Spring Games.