March 15, 2012
Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score
Siena softball stayed at .500 Thursday with a split of two games at UMBC. The Saints fell victim to a sixth-inning rally against the host Retrievers in a 3-2 loss, but regrouped to thrash Saint Francis (Pa.) 9-3.
Siena (6-6) opened the day's scoring in the fourth inning of game one, when sophomore Samantha Ray drove in freshman Megan Volz with a single to rightfield. Junior Shannon Jones then added an insurance run with a solo home run in the sixth, her third four-bagger of the season.
However, the Retrievers would have the last laugh. While Siena's Jessika - Jo Sandrini had been brilliant the first five innings, UMBC touched the Siena sophomore for three runs in the sixth, with the game-winning hit coming with two outs in the frame. Sandrini finished with nine strikeouts in six innings, but was saddled with her fourth loss of the season.
The Saints, though, left no doubt about the outcome early on in game number two. After the Red Flash jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, Siena's offense caught fire, chasing Saint Francis's starting pitcher by scoring four runs before making an out. The Saints would add two more runs in the second and fifth and one more in the sixth, spurring pitcher Amanda Filippazzo to her fourth win of the season.
Sandrini led the offensive attack with a perfect 3-for-3 performance, with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored, and a walk. Catcher Nastasha Powlowsky went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run, and a stolen base, while Jones added two hits of her own. Meanwhile, Filippazzo allowed five hits in the complete-game victory, and just three after the first inning.
Siena returns to the field Friday, when they'll play Sacred Heart and Rhode Island.