April 7, 2012
Siena softball dropped the program's first two MAAC games of the 2012 season Saturday at Canisius. The Saints were on the wrong end of an excruciating 9-8 decision in 10 innings in the opener before falling 6-3 in the nightcap.
Siena (7-18, 0-2 MAAC) surged out of the gate in the opener, putting up three runs in their first turn at bat on singles by Samantha Ray and Nastasha Powlowsky. Canisius scratched out runs in the first and second, but the Saints answered with four runs in the fourth on hits by Jessika - Jo Sandrini, Megan Volz, and Alyssa Sceppaguercio and a fielder's choice by Stephanie Viggiano.
The big inning gave the Green and Gold a 7-2 lead, but it would all go downhill from there as the Golden Griffins scored four unearned runs in the fifth to get back in the game. Siena got a bit more breathing room in the seventh with Powlowsky's third RBI of the day, but the Griffs tied it up with two two-out runs in their half of the frame, forcing extra innings in the process.
No runs were scored in the eighth and ninth innings, but Siena had a chance in the 10th. Volz and Sceppaguercio both singled with two outs, but a groundout ended the threat. That would prove costly, as the Griffs scored the winning run in their half of the 10th on an error, two walks, and a hit-by-pitch.
Amanda Filippazzo took the loss despite not allowing a hit in 1 2/3 innings pitched. Sandrini started the game in the circle, and allowed just two earned runs. In fact, of Canisius's nine runs in the opener, only the run in the first and one of the two runs in the seventh were of the earned variety.
The second game of the day again saw Siena get off to a fast start. This time, the Saints got on the board first with a second-inning RBI single from Sceppaguercio. However, the Griffs struck back with three runs in the third to take a 3-1 lead.
The Saints trimmed the gap in the fourth, when Powlowsky continued her hot hitting with a triple and scored on a Volz groundout. Siena would get no closer, though, as Canisius scored three more in the fifth and kept a comfortable margin despite a sixth-inning solo homer by Shannon Jones.
Siena has now been swept in three straight MAAC-opening doubleheaders dating back to the 2010 season. The Saints will look to right the ship on Wednesday, when they host Fordham in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Siena Field.