Siena Splits With Canisius in MAAC Softball Opener
April 9, 2005
The Siena softball team rebounded from a 9-1 drubbing in the first game to post an impressive 7-6 win in the nightcap of its MAAC doubleheader with preseason favorite Canisius in sunny Loudonville Saturday. Carrie Getz (Slingerlands, N.Y.) and Sarah Rose (London, N.H.) each collected four hits on the day for Siena.
Canisius struck for two runs in the second inning and blew the game open with a five spot in the fourth in a convincing 9-1 victory. Jamie Gerace had three hits in the game, including a double in the second that plated the first run of the game. She later scored in the inning on teammate Natalie Osika's single to right field.
In the fifth, the Griffs got to Siena starter Tara Campbell (Spring Valley, Calif.) on their third time through the lineup. Leadoff hitter Becky Owen started the frame with a double to left field and came around to score on Jenny Maheu's single through the right side of the infield. After Katie Miranto sacrificed Maheu to second, Campbell intentionally walked Beth Enk to bring Jessica Martin to the plate. Martin doubled to center, scoring Maheu with the second run of the inning, and after Gerace lined out, Rina Brennan smacked a three-run homerun to break the game wide open.
Trailing 7-0, the Saints scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth as Jennfier Granato (Clifton Park, N.Y.) doubled home Jennifer Griner (Niskayuna, N.Y.). Martin's two-run homerun to leftfield off reliever Janelle Iaquinto (Wilmington, Mass.) in the seventh accounted for the 9-1 final.
Rose had three hits in a losing effort for Siena, Getz had two. Owen and Martin joined Gerace with multi-hit games to pace the visitors 12-hit attack.
It appeared the second game would follow the same mold as Canisius scored four runs in its first at bat off Siena starter Adrian St. Cin. The onslaught was highlighted by the first of two homeruns by Maheu, a two-run shot to right field. This time, Siena had an answer.
The Saints tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the first. Getz started the rally with a slap single, and moved to second on Griner's sacrifice bunt. Granato followed with a single through the left side of the infield to put runners at the corners for the team's top hitter. Rose again came through with a run-scoring single down the rightfield line. Christa Fasano's (Hawthorne, N.J.) first homerun of the season could not have come at a better time, as she tied the game with an opposite field shot to right.
Not to be outdone, Griner gave the Saints their first lead of the day in the second with a three-run homerun of her own. The sophomore standout plated Andrea Piela (Wallington, N.J.) and Getz with a soaring blast to left field. Siena would never trail again.
The seven runs proved to be enough for St. Cin and reliever Tisha Salamino (Las Vegas, Nev.). St. Cin moved to 7-3 on the season, allowing four earned runs and eight hits in five innings of work. Salamino picked up her first save of the season working the final two innings.
Canisius clawed back in the game with single runs in the fourth and seventh. Maheu's second homerun of the game made the score 7-5 in the fourth, and Gerace scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to close the gap to a single run. Salamino got Amanda Luukinen to ground to second to end the game.
Siena will take on Rider at home tomorrow at 1 p.m. in another MAAC doubleheader. Canisius is next in action at Buffalo on Monday at 2 p.m.