March 25, 2013
For the second straight day, the Siena softball squad squandered a pair of late leads before being swept in a season series. This time the Saints dropped two to New Mexico State (8-5; 10-5) in the first ever meeting between the two schools.
In the opener, Siena (5-13) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings. Abby Carpenter drove in the first run for the Saints in the second with an RBI single down the line.
Siena would add four more runs in the next frame by putting together six straight singles. Shannon Jones drove home two with the bases loaded which was followed by RBI singles from Jessika - Jo Sandrini and Megan Volz.
The inning would put the Saints in front of a New Mexico State (20-13) squad that came into the game in the top-100 in the nation in RPI.
But the Aggies clawed their way back. Emma Adams would score and drive in a run with a ground out in the next two innings to cut the Siena lead to 5-3. The Aggies scored their first three runs without an RBI hit, instead relying on a passed ball, walk, and ground out to account for their runs.
Siena was just four outs away from pulling off the upset, when the Aggies took advantage of a Siena fielding error and end up loading the bases with two outs.
New Mexico State would connect on three straight run scoring hits, capped off by a two-run double off the bat of Staci Rodriguez to finish the five run stanza.
In the closing contest, Siena used a five run fifth to mount a comeback and take a 5-3 lead. The Saints used four consecutive two out RBI singles with the bases loaded to gain the lead. Siena gained the hits from Jones, Mandy Ferro, and Volz to take the 5-3 lead.
However, that would be another lead that Siena could not hold.
New Mexico State would score the next seven runs of the game, including back-to-back home runs from Rodriguez and Tehani Kaaihue to begin the next frame. Rodriguez would actually connect on three home runs in the second game and drive in eight runs total in the double header.
Siena, who dropped their fifth in-a-row were led on the day by Jones who had three hits and drove in three. Jordan Sandrini also recorded a multiple hit game in the 10-5 loss to go along with her sister and Ferro as the four Saints to do so.
Siena committed five errors in the two games combined.
The Saints’ long road trip continues as they play in less than 24 hours, taking on UTEP, two hours away in El Paso, Texas. The first game is scheduled for 5 p.m. On the road trip, the Saints will play nine games in four days and two different states.