Siena Softball hosted its first two games at Siena Field on Sunday. The Saints took down the visiting Fairfield Stags 10-2 in five innings in game one before completing the Sunday Sweep with an 11-3 win in game two. Paige Hess and Loryn DeFalco each recorded 5 RBIs on the day to lead the team on a strong offensive day for the Saints.
Game One: Siena 10, Fairfield 2 (5)
The Saints (8-19, 4-1 MAAC) came out strong offensively from the first at-bat of the game when leadoff hitter Brooke Taylor homered to put Siena up 1-0. Siena tacked on a run in the second on an RBI groundout by Patricia Kalesse. The score would remain 2-0 until the top of the fifth.
In the fifth, the Stags plated two runs after Makenna DiGuilio opened the frame with a double, eventually scoring on a sac bunt. The second run scored after an error and wild pitch to tie the game up at 2-2.
However, the Saints offense exploded in the bottom of the fifth, putting up eight runs on four hits. The Saints recorded three doubles early in the inning, including one by DeFalco that brought home Madysen Cossack and Chelsey Drew. Hess capped off the rally and ended the game with a grand slam to give Siena the 10-2 victory in the opener.
Junior pitcher Lauren Butts was the game one starter for the Saints and picked up her fifth win of the season in the contest. She allowed just one earned run in the five inning, complete game effort.
Game Two: Siena 11, Fairfield 3, (6)
The Saints picked up right where they left off in game two and Taylor hit her second consecutive leadoff home run. Siena also scored one more in the frame on an RBI sacrifice fly by Drew. The Stags answered with one run in the top of the second on an RBI double by Angelina McGuire to make it 2-1 Saints.
Siena would later bat around in the third, scoring five runs on four hits to take a 6-1 lead. DeFalco hit a two-run blast in the frame and Drew knocked in two runs on a double. Each team scored a pair in the fifth to put Siena up 9-3 at the end of the frame.
In the sixth, DeFalco hit her second home run of the game and Kalesse added an RBI double to end the game early with an 11-3 win for the Saints to put them 5-1 in the first three conference doubleheaders of the season.
Freshman pitcher Maddie McMahon started for Siena in game two, recording her third win of her rookie campaign. McMahon allowed three earned runs in four and two-thirds innings of work, striking out four. Senior Danielle Cacciola went the rest of the way, not allowing a hit in an inning and a third.
The Saints are scheduled to play two more home games this Tuesday, April 11. Siena will battle Central Connecticut. Game one is set to begin at 1 p.m.