Siena Softball went 1-1 in a doubleheader Thursday afternoon in Ithaca, New York. The Saints fell to Cornell 12-3 in six innings in game one, but came back in game two for a 6-4 victory. Madysen Cossack registered five hits in the series, along with four RBIs, including two home runs.
Game One: Cornell 12, Siena 3 (6)
The Saints (10-21) got off to a fast start in game one in Ithaca, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Madysen Cossack blasted a two-run shot, her third of the season to give Siena the early advantage. Cossack was 3-3 in the game including a double.
Cornell responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the frame to take a 3-2 lead. The score would remain 3-2 until the top of the fourth when Chelsey Drew notched an RBI double to even the game at 3-3.
The Big Red re-took the lead 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth on three hits and two errors. Cornell would complete the win in six innings with seven runs in the final frame to make it 12-3.
Game Two: Siena 6, Cornell 4
The Saints once again had a strong first inning in game two. Siena scored four runs on four hits and an error in the opening frame. Cossack continued her stellar offensive day with an RBI single to start the scoring. Freshman Patricia Kalesse later doubled with the bases load to plate three more and make it 4-0 Saints.
Cornell got on the board in the second on an RBI double by Togashi to cut the lead down to 4-1. Both teams were held scoreless in the third and fourth innings before Cossack hit her second home run of the series to make it 5-1 Siena in the fifth.
Siena added another run in the seventh on an RBI double by Amanda Dodson to extend the lead to 6-1. However, the Big Red quickly plated three runs in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-4 before a groundout ended the game and left two runners stranded for Cornell.
Freshman starter Maddie McMahon picked up her second win this week, and fifth of the year, on the mound, allowing four runs in six innings with five strikeouts. Lauren Butts recorded the final three outs of the contest to preserve the win.
The Saints will return home for four conference games this weekend at Siena Field in Loudonville. Siena will take on Iona on Friday, April 14 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. before battling Canisius on Saturday, April 15 at noon and 2 p.m.