Softball Battles Back For Split With Vermont in Home Opener
April 6, 2005
Senior Adrian St. Cin went 3-for-3 at the plate with a homerun, and worked six strong innings in the circle to lead Siena to an 8-4 win in the backend of a doubleheader split with visiting Vermont in Loudonville Wednesday afternoon. Sara Burke allowed just three hits in a complete game shutout in the opener as Vermont topped Siena 2-0.
Vermont (12-6) scored twice in the third inning off Siena (9-12) starter Tara Campbell to account for the only scoring in the game. Christine Toomey started the rally with a sharp single up the middle and advanced to second on Kate DeForge's ensuing hit. Kate Ramsey followed with an RBI single to left field and she advanced to second on a throwing error. Samantha Chase's RBI hit later in the inning accounted for the 2-0 final. Campbell avoided further trouble with an inning-ending double play.
Campbell also went the distance for Siena, scattering nine hits and working out of several difficult spots. Only one of the two runs in the inning ended up being earned. Carrie Getz, Jennifer Granato and Sarah Rose each hit safely for Siena, which never seriously threatened. Chase and teammate Sarah Toczylowski each had a pair of hits for the visitors.
The Saints jumped on Vermont starter Rachelle Eloscuk from the start, scoring three runs in their initial at bat. Getz was hit by a pitch to start the inning and promptly stole second. She moved to third on Jennifer Griner's infield single. Siena got on the board when Griner stole second, and catcher Whitney Borisenok threw the ball into centerfield, as the Catamounts got their signals crossed and nobody covered second base. Granato advanced Griner to third with a sacrifice bunt, and Sarah Rose belted a double over Toczylowski's head in right field to push the Saints advantage to 2-0. St. Cin followed with her first of three hits and Lisa DiBlasi's double down the right field line chased home Rose with Siena's third run.
The Saints tacked on a run in the third inning on St. Cin's third homerun of the season--a towering shot to left centerfield.
After St. Cin had retired the first 10 batters of the game in the circle, Vermont broke through for two runs in the fourth inning. Ramsey drove home the first run with a single to right field and later scored following a fielding error. The Saints got one run back in the bottom of the frame as Griner doubled home Getz.
Siena broke the game open in the fifth with five runs on three hits. Reserve catcher Andrea Piela came through with a clutch run-scoring single to right field to highlight the rally. Griner also picked up her second RBI and third hit of the game to push the score to 8-2.
In the sixth, Vermont tacked on a pair of runs with back-to-back homeruns off the bats of Ramsey and Aimee Kern. It would be the closest the Catamounts could get, as sophomore Janelle Iaquinto came in to close the door in the seventh, working a perfect frame with two strikeouts. Siena had 15 hits compared to Vermont's four.
Siena travel to St. Francis (NY) tomorrow. The Saints host MAAC foes Canisius and Rider Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.