Softball Pounds Out 21 Hits and Scores 16 Runs in Sweep of Bucknell
March 29, 2005
Junior right-hander Tara Campbell allowed only four hits and no runs in seven innings as she led the Siena softball team to a 3-0 shutout victory over Bucknell in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at West Fields. The Bison fell to the Saints 13-4 in the nightcap, a six-inning affair that was shortened by darkness.
Despite allowing just four hits, Campbell (2-5) had to work her way out of trouble on a number of occasions because of six walks. Bucknell (4-11) had a runner reach scoring position in every inning except the fifth and seventh. The best chance for the Bison to score came in the second inning when Erin Curatola led off with a double to right-center field. After Alyssa Schneebaum bunted her to third, Jennifer James walked, setting up a first and third situation with one out for Ashley Sarnecky. However, Sarnecky could not capitalize as she grounded to the first baseman, who nailed Curatola on a close play at home as catcher Colleen Price blocked the plate.
Christie Wiest (2-3) pitched all seven innings for Bucknell and gave up seven hits, three runs and just one walk. After allowing just two hits and no runs in the first three innings, Wiest allowed the first three Saints in the fourth inning to reach base which led to Siena's first two runs. Jennifer Griner led off with a single to center field and scored on a long triple to the right-center field gap by Sarah Rose, who was 4-for-6 with five RBIs in the doubleheader. Rose scored when Adrian St. Cin singled through the left side.
After the rocky three-batter stretch Wiest settled down as she retired nine batters in a row until Christa Fasano led off the seventh with a single into the dirt in front of home plate. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and took third on a wild pitch, before a two-out RBI single by Jamie Walker scored her.
Lauren Wible was 2-for-3 in the first game, while Curatola and Jill Pompeii tallied Bucknell's other hits.
Siena (7-10) took an early 3-0 lead against starter Julie Williams in the second contest. Sarah Rose hit a two-out two-run home run in the first inning to stake Saints' starter Adrian St. Cin to a 2-0 lead. Lisa DiBlasi then led off the third inning with a deep home run over the left field fence to chase Williams from the game.
Bucknell took the lead in the bottom of the third inning when it plated four runs as it batted around in an inning for the third time this season. Schneebaum hit her fifth double of the season to lead off the frame and was followed by back-to-back walks from Sarnecky and Pompeii to load the bases. After Megan Fink struck out, Lauren Wible blooped a single over the second baseman's head for Bucknell's first run of the game. Lauren Litts then walked to drive in the second run since the bases were still full. Kris Devore ended the scoring rally when she laced a two-RBI single up the middle.
The Bison, who tallied just four hits off St. Cin, had three in the third inning as St. Cin improved to 5-3 by allowing just the four runs on four hits and four walks. She also recorded four strikeouts.
Siena reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth inning by plating two runs. Andrea Piela led off the inning with a single to center. After Griner bunted her over and Rose was intentionally walked, Vaccaro unleashed a wild pitch to move both into scoring position for Kelly Boyle. Boyle, one of five Saints to have at least two hits, hit a line-drive single to center to score Piela. Rose was going to stop at third, but Pompeii bobbled the ball as she picked it up, allowing Rose to trot home.
Bucknell had a chance to even the score in the bottom of the fifth, but a Wible walk and a Devore hit by pitch did not turn in to any runs for the Bison.
With darkness approaching, Siena put the game out of reach in the top of the sixth inning with an eight-run inning. Siena sent 11 hitters to the plate and pounded out five hits and drew three walks. The big blow came off the bat of Chani Grant. Grant smashed a two-out three-RBI triple into the right-center field gap that cleared the loaded bases and upped the score to 12-4. Just four of the eight runs scored in the inning against Lisa Vaccaro, who pitched five innings in relief of Williams, were earned. Vaccaro yielded 11 hits, 10 runs and five walks.
Wible (3-for-5) and Curatola (2-for-5) were the only two Bison to have more than one hit in the doubleheader. Wible increased her team-leading batting average to .465. She also picked up her team-high seventh RBI this season.
Siena pounded out 21 hits and scored 16 runs in the doubleheader. Jamie Walker joined Rose as each had four hits in the two games. Walker was 4-for-7 with one RBI.
Bucknell, which opened its Patriot League season with four losses to Lehigh last weekend, has now lost six straight games.