Siena Softball Splits With Cornell
April 1, 2005
Siena split its double header with Cornell Friday in Ithaca. The Saints got out to a fast start in game one, putting four runs in the first inning and going on to win 9-3. The Big Red turned the tables in game two, taking the 8-1 win. The day's action moves the Big Red to 13-10 overall. Siena is now 8-11.
In the first inning of game one, the first five Siena hitters reached base, four of which knocked base hits and one reached on a Big Red error. The Saints picked up four in the top half of the inning to give their starting pitcher Tara Campbell a cushion.
The Big Red got on the board in the bottom of the third when freshman Ashely Wolf lead off the inning with a hit and then scored from third on a wild pitch.
Siena answered the following inning, when Adrian St. Cin belted a grand slam over the wall in left field, pushing the lead to 9-1.
Cornell added two runs in the bottom of the fourth, getting an RBI single from freshman Jenna Campagnolo and an RBI double from freshman Ashley Wolf. It would be as close as the Big Red would get, as St. Cin would close the door on a comeback, pitching four scoreless innings in relief of Campbell.
Big Red starter Whitney Smith took the loss, going 3.2 innings, allowing nine runs on 10 hits. She struck out two Siena hitters. Jen Lesczinski pitched 3.1 innings, giving up no runs and four hits.
In contrast to Siena doing its damage early in game one, the Big Red bats came alive in the later innings of game two, putting up runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to build a big lead.
Junior Caitlin Warren got the scoring started in the bottom of the second with a line drive home run to left centerfield, giving the Big Red a 1-0 lead.
Siena's Stacey Landini tied it up in the top half of the third with a solo shot down the left field line.
In the home portion of the fourth inning, Cornell's offense began to take over, scoring two runs.
After a leadoff walk by senior Lauren May, Warren moved May to second with a sacrifice bunt and then sophomore Erin Murtha drove Adrienne Matta, who pinch ran for May, home with a single to center. Joanna Kyriazis pinch ran for Murtha and advanced to third on a passed ball. She scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Erin Kizer.
Campagnolo picked up another RBI with a single in the fifth inning, scoring freshman Samantha Hare, who singled to lead off the inning.
Cornell blew the game open in the sixth inning, scoring four runs. Warren beat the throw from shortstop for an infield single and was driven home by a double from Kizer. Sophomore Beth Price knocked Kizer home with a base hit down the left field line. Hare then hit a two-run homer, giving the Big Red a seven run lead.
The home run from Landini was all that the Saints could manage against Big Red starter Jenn Meunier, who pitched her third complete game of the year. She spread out five hits over the seven innings, striking out three and not issuing a base on balls. Siena's Tisha Salamino took the loss for the Saints, giving up eight runs on 10 hits. She walked one and struck out two.