Siena Softball Picks Up First Win in Home-Opening Split With Niagara
April 3, 2004
Sophomore Tara Campbell flashed the form that earned her All-Conference honors as a rookie, spinning seven shutout innings in a 4-0 Siena win over Niagara in the back-end of a doubleheader contested in Loudonville Saturday. Niagara rallied from a 2-1 deficit to claim a 3-2 victory in the opener.
Campbell worked all seven innings in the nightcap, striking out five batters while walking just one. She scattered six hits, benefiting mightily from a diving catch by shortstop Kelly Boyle in the top of the fifth inning, which at the time preserved a scoreless tie. The momentum carried into the bottom half of the frame, as the Saints scored all four of their runs off Niagara (9-14/1-1 MAAC) starter Andrea Crapo. Christa Fasano delivered the big blow with a bases-clearing double with no outs that put the Saints (1-15/1-1 MAAC) up 3-0. Fasano came around to score on a single to right field by Chani Grant to account for the final tally.
Shannon Mongalise had two hits in the second game in a losing effort for the Purple Eagles. No Saint mustered a multi-hit nightcap, as Siena matched Niagara with six safeties.
Niagara battled back to win a seesaw opener behind the solid right arm of starter Tegan Bennett who went the distance in earning her third victory of the season (3-4). Amanda Baluch's two-out single to left field plated Colleen Larsen with the day's first run as the visitors struck in their initial at bat to take a 1-0 lead.
Siena scored both its runs in third inning to take a brief 2-1 lead. Captain Colleen Price singled down the left field line, chasing home Veronica Arredondo with the tying run and Jennifer Griner with the go-ahead. Niagara tied the game in the fourth inning on an infield single by centerfielder Jamie Horn.
The Purple Eagles scored the decisive run off starter Janelle Iaquinto in the sixth inning. Lisa Hess began the frame with a sharp single off Iaquinto and advanced to second on a well-times sacrifice bunt from teammate Colleen Larsen. Cheryl Julicher delivered a game-deciding double over Griner in centerfield.
Julicher finished with two hits in the opener for the victors, Megan Woltz was 2-for-3 in the loss for Siena. Iaquinto went the distance in suffering her sixth defeat, allowing only six hits while striking out three.
The Saints return to action Tuesday at 4 p.m. as they host Colgate in a doubleheader.