March 22, 2014
Siena softball completed the weekend sweep at the RMU Classic after winning two games on Saturday in Moon Township, Pa. The Saints improved to 9-10 on the season after defeating Robert Morris 2-1 and Miami (Oh) 4-3.
"It was a good weekend for us against three quality teams, said Coach Lajeunesse. "We pitched well, played solid defense and got offensive contributions from a number of players who came up with some bigs hits."
Siena found themselves in a pitching duel in the first game against Robert Morris. Jessika-Jo Sandrini outlasted RMU's Badolato, pitching seven complete innings and gave up one run on five hits as the Saints would score the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning for their second straight win.
Siena outhit RMU 8-5 with Melanie Kalesse recorded her second straight multi-hit game. Kalesse singled in the first and again in the seventh.
Siena scored first in the fourth after Sandrini led off the inning with a double. Sandrini scored three batters later on an RBI groundout by Megan Volz. The Saints scored the much-needed second run in the sixth inning when Chelsey Drew drove home Jessika-Jo Sandrini to give them some insurance as they headed to the bottom of the sixth. Robert Morris would score in the bottom of the sixth but could not score again.
In the second game, Siena defeated Miami (OH) 4-3 for their third straight win and the clean sweep at the RMU Classic.
Siena started off strong, scoring all of their runs in the first three innings. Stephanie Viggiano kicked off the game with a double to right center field and would later score on Alyssa Lancaster's RBI single.
In the second, Megan Volz scored from a bases-loaded walk and Viggiano drove home Lauren Milligan on an RBI sac fly to centerfield. Siena scored again in the third after back-to-back hits by Carpenter (2B) and Mikaela Searight's single to start the inning. Powlowsky singled up the middle to bring Carpenter home for the Saints four run.
Antonia Edwards ran into some trouble in the fourth, giving up three runs before Danielle Cacciola relieved her with two outs in the fourth. Cacciola faced three batters before Sandrini entered the game to shut the door on Miami (OH). Sandrini finished the game in the circle and recorded her third straight win at the RMU Classic.
Coach Lajeunesse said, "I thought we got tougher this weekend, which I hope will help us later this season."
Softball will be back in action next weekend to test their toughness when they play next Saturday, March 29 for two games against Hartford in West Hartford, Conn. The first game is expected to start at 12 p.m. Siena is expected to have their first home game on March 30, when they welcome Manhattan for the start of MAAC play.