Softball Picks up First Victory in Split With Bucknell
March 23, 2003
Siena salvaged the second game of a doubleheader at Bucknell Saturday afternoon, picking up their first win of the season in the process. Junior outfielder Carrie Getz went 5-for-6 at the plate on the afternoon, upping her season average to over .600.
In the first game, the Saints took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Getz led off the frame with a single. One out later, Sarah Rose clubbed a double to centerfield to plate Getz. Bison rookie pitcher Julie Williams got Christa Fasano to pop up, and Becky Brockman to foul out, to end the inning with no further damage.
Over the next five innings, the only base runner for either team came when Getz hit her second single of the game in the third inning. The centerfielder was called out for leaving the base early on an attempted steal, however, and Bucknell again escaped unscathed.
Siena pitcher Tisha Salamino carried a perfect game into the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior Meredith Gill reached base on an error to start the inning for Bucknell. Sophomore Jennifer Ross followed with a single to break up the bid for the perfect game, before freshman Alyssa Schneebaum sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Sophomore Jill Pompeii grounded out to the first baseman, allowing Gill to cross the plate with the game-tying run.
Sophomore Kristen Potts reached base on Siena's second error in the frame, and Ross scored on the play. Junior Angela Stackhouse provided an insurance run for the Bison with a double to right center that plated Potts. Salamino got freshman Lauren Wible to go down on a called strike to end the inning, but the damage was done.
The Saints made the top of the seventh exciting. Fasano led off with a double to right field, and two batters later, Colleen Price drove her home with a double to centerfield to get Siena back within one, 3-2. Williams got a fly ball to left field and a ground ball to short stop to end the threat and pick up her second win of the season.
Siena struck in the first inning again in the nightcap, but this time the run would stand, as the Saints went on to a 2-0 victory.
Getz, who went 5-for-6 in two games, started the second game with a triple, and promptly scored on Veronica Arredondo's sacrifice fly.
The Saints added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning when Price doubled down the leftfield line to score Arredondo, who had reached by way of a walk.
Bucknell's best chance again came in the bottom of the sixth. Pompeii led off the inning with a single. Potts sacrificed her to second, before Stackhouse drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Siena used a fielder's choice to get the lead runner, and Gill popped up to second to end the threat.
Sophomore hurler Kelli Haskins pitched a solid game for Bucknell in the loss, allowing only four hits while striking out five.
Bucknell is 2-12 overall, while Siena stands at 1-6. The two teams will meet again for a doubleheader on Sunday, March 23, at 12:00 p.m.