March 27, 2013
After logging nearly 2,000 miles the Siena softball squad will finally return to the Capital Region and they have a win to show for it. Jessika - Jo Sandrini retired the last four Miners she faced and threw the complete game in the nightcap. Siena split the day winning 5-4 after losing 11-1.
Siena (6-15) was able to salvage one win on their long trip which snapped a seven game losing streak. Shannon Jones led off the scoring in the first with an RBI double which was immediately followed by a run scoring groundout by Sandrini and a RBI fielder’s choice by Megan Volz.
The Saints kept the 3-1 lead going into the third inning and ended up extending that lead when Sandrini drove home two runs with a single.
That would be all the Saints needed, but it would not come easily. The Miners (12-16) scored three runs in the fifth which was capped off by an Ashley Eldridge two run single.
Sandrini would settle down and retire seven of the next eight batters, including a perfect seventh en route for her third win of the season.
Melanie Kalesse and Stephanie Viggiano joined Sandrini as the three Saints to record multiple hits in the second game. Siena also did not commit an error in the second contest.
Siena’s did not have as fortunate of an outcome in the opening game of the doubleheader.
The Saints allowed nine runs in the first three innings highlighted by an Ariel Armendariz solo blast in the second. Four different Miners notched two hits and Tahla Wade drove in three.
Siena’s only run in the game came in the second when Mandy Ferro scored on a wild pitch with the bases loaded.
was responsible for two of the Saint’s seven hits in the game. Siena struck out six times in five innings and stranded eight base runners.
Next up for the Saints is the annual rivalry game against UAlbany. The Saints will then return home after nearly a month and a half on the road. The doubleheader against the Great Danes is Wednesday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m.