Softball Rips Saint Francis (NY); Closes to Within a Game of .500
April 7, 2005
The Siena softball team moved to within one game of .500 with a convincing sweep of Saint Francis College in Division I softball non-conference action at the Gil Hodges Field in Brooklyn, New York. The Saints won the first game 18-8 and the second 10-1.
With the wins, Siena improves to 11-12 and the Terriers drop to 1-20. Senior Sarah Rose was the offensive star of the day. She had 11 RBI in the two games.
The Siena bats were on fire in the first inning of the first game as five singles (Carrie Getz, Jenn Griner, Jen Granato, Sarah Rose, Adrian St. Cin and Lisa DiBlasi) and a grand slam off the bat of Kelly Boyle gave the visitors a 5-0 lead.
In the second, Siena added on another run after Getz singled to get on base and then Rose hit an RBI single to left field. In the bottom of the inning, the Terrier bats got hot cutting the Saint lead to 6-4. Janine Valentin led off with a single to center before Jen Campuzano, Kristina Poore, Juliana Endo, Michelle Tusa and Nicole Adisano all collected hits. Endo's hit scored Valentin and Tusa's single brought home Campuzano before Adisano's double scored Tusa and Endo.
The Saints crossed three more in the third to take an 8-4 lead. While holding Siena to scoreless fourth and fifth innings, the Terriers scored three more in the fifth to cut the lead to just one run. Kim Procida hit a one-out single to center to start the Terrier rally. Amanda Pileggi singled to left before Valentin hit an RBI single to score Anne Roccasalva, who was running for Procida. A Saint wild pitch then scored Pileggi and a fielder's choice during Poore's at bat scored Valentin.
Siena added on two more in the sixth and the Terriers answered with one run in the bottom of the sixth. However, in the seventh, the Saints used three hits to score six runs and take a commanding 18-8 lead and secure the victory.
For the Saints, Jannelle Iaquinto (1-1) earned the victory, her first of the season. The Terriers' Sarah Purtle was charged with the loss (1-8).
Three scoreless innings started the nightcap, but in the fourth, the Siena Saints scored two runs after a lead off walk from Andrea Pilea. A sacrifice bunt moved Pilea over and then a two-run homerun from Rose gave the visitors a 2-0 advantage.
St. Francis scored one in the bottom of the fourth. Procida and Valentin earned walks before Campuzano hit an RBI double to centerfield making the score 2-1.
Then in the fifth, Stacey Landini hit a solo homerun and then Rose hit her second homerun of the game, a grand slam, giving her team an 8-1 lead. In the sixth, Siena added two more runs to take a 10-1 lead. Piela hit a lead off single to left, advanced on Granato's single and scored on Rose's fielder's choice. Getz, who was pinch running for Rose, would later score on a Alyson DeMarino hit.
Siena's Tisha Salamino (1-2) earned her first victory of the season. Mikka Vrankovich (1-2) was charged with the loss.