April 9, 2014
Siena softball split the weekday doubleheader Wednesday afternoon when they traveled to Hamilton, N.Y. to face Colgate. Colgate defeated the Saints in six innings in game one and Siena returned the favor by winning game two 5-3.
As a team, Siena tallied two runs on five hits as they allowed Colgate to score 10 runs on 14 hits. The Saints made the most damage in the third inning as they scored two runs on four hits. Paige Lloyd started the rally as she sent a one out single down the right field line. Stephanie Viggiano immediately followed it up with a single down the left field line. With two runners on Melanie Kalesse singled to short, advancing all runners. The team’s hitting leader, Alyssa Lancaster stepped up to the plate with the bases loads as she connected for a two RBI single, scoring Lloyd and Viggiano. Siena trailed 6-2 at the end of three complete innings.
Siena wouldn’t score again as Colgate tacked on four more runs by the end of the sixth inning to defeat the Saints 10-2 in sixth innings.
Danielle Cacciola started in the circle and struggled as she gave up 11 hits, eight runs, give earned, while walking none. Katie Casey relieved Cacciola to finish the remaining 1.2 innings, facing nine batters and giving up two runs on three hits.
Siena earned their revenge in the second game of the doubleheader, defeating Colgate 5-3.
As they did in game one, Viggiano and Lloyd took over game two as they combined for five of the teams seven hits and three of the team’s five runs. Lloyd and Viggiano also recorded two doubles each for three total RBIs.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the seventh, Viggiano was at it again as she connected on a pitch to drive home Lloyd for the game winning hit, putting the Saints up for good.
Lancaster started in the circle, going 5.2 innings and was relieved by Danielle Cacciola with the scored tied at 3-3. Cacciola earned her second win of the year as she shutdown Colgate in the final 1.1 innings, giving up zero hits, securing the win as the Saints improved to 15-16 on the year.
Siena is home this Saturday for the MAAC home opener as they welcome Quinnipiac to the Siena softball field. Game One is expected to start at 1:00 p.m.