March 23, 2005
he University of Hartford softball team played only one game at the Rebel Games on Wednesday, falling 7-6 to Siena College at Osceola Softball Complex.
The Hawks, who dropped to 1-4 on the season, had their first game of the afternoon (vs. Iona) canceled due to inclement weather.
Junior Samantha Morrison gave Hartford an early 2-0 lead when she singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning. Siena got right back into the game with a two-spot of its own in the second and went ahead with another pair of runs in the third for a 4-2 advantage.
Hartford got a run back in its half of the third when, with two outs, sophomore Kristie Rochette reached base on an error. The next batter, classmate Briana Hout, then doubled to plate Rochette and pull the Hawks to within 4-3.
Siena scored two more runs off sophomore right-hander Nicole McMillon in the fourth, though she pitched through the inning with an injury on her throwing hand. The Hawks picked her up in the bottom of the fourth as Morrison drove in two more runs with a base hit, giving her four RBI for the game.
Junior Caitlin Eichler came in to pitch in the fifth and finished off the game, giving up one unearned run on four hits. The Hawks pulled to within 7-6 in the sixth inning thanks to an RBI double by sophomore Nikki Thompson. Hartford then got a leadoff double from Rochette in the seventh but couldn't bring around the tying run.
McMillon worked four innings and allowed six earned runs on 11 hits. She also struck out two batters. Sophomore Michelle Mariano got on base three times from the leadoff spot and scored all three times.