Siena Roars Back, Splits at Colgate
April 12, 2012
It was a tale of two games Thursday for Siena softball at Colgate. The Saints fell 4-1 to the Raiders in the opener, but rebounded to cruise to an 8-1 victory in the nightcap in Hamilton, N.Y.
Siena (8-21) fell victim to the first of two unearned runs in game one's second inning, when a pair of errors gave Colgate a 1-0 lead. However, the Saints benefited from a Colgate miscue in the fourth, when Jessika - Jo Sandrini scored on an error to tie the game.
The Saints, though, wouldn't score again in the contest, and the Raiders regained the lead with two runs (one unearned in the fifth). Colgate padded the margin with an insurance score in the sixth, and after the Green and Gold went down quietly in the seventh, the Saints were sent to the team's fifth straight loss.
The second game, though, was a completely different story. Siena struck for two runs in the second on a double by Sandrini, and got three RBI from Kayla Kaminsky, Stephanie Viggiano, and Sandrini in the third before Megan Volz's base knock in the fourth gave the Saints a 6-0 lead.
Sandrini capped off a perfect 3-for-3 performance in the seventh, when she blasted her fifth home run of the season. The four-bagger gave the sophomore five RBI on the game, and staked Siena to an 8-0 lead.
While the offense caught fire, senior pitcher Amanda Filippazzo threw one of her best games of the season, a complete-game three-hitter. She yielded her lone run in the seventh, when the game was well in hand, and was credited with her fifth win of the year.
Siena returns to MAAC play with two home doubleheaders this weekend. The first comes Saturday, when the Saints host Manhattan at 1 p.m. at Siena Field.