April 14, 2007
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The Siena softball team swept it's double header with Rider this afternoon at Hudson Valley Community College. The Saints took the first game 5-2, then secured the sweep with a 13-11 win in game two.
In the first game, Siena sophomore Jamie Piela (Wallington, N.J./Montclair Kimberley Academy) homered to left center in the second inning to put the Saints on the scoreboard. Piela went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.
The Saints managed another run in the fourth inning when Rachelle Morales (Salinas, Calif./North Salinas) drove in Piela on an RBI single. Morales was 2-for-3 in the contest.
Rider made up ground in the fifth inning with Ashley Boulden's two run homer which evened the game at 2-2. However, the Saints were quick to regain the lead as Kelly Boyle (Tewksbury, Mass./Tewksbury Memorial) managed an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning.
Siena rallied for two runs in the six inning thanks to RBIs on behalf of Jennifer Granato (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) and Jannelle Iaquinto ( Burlington, Mass./Arlington Catholic) to secure a 5-2 victory. Saints freshman Lauren Weingart (Fishkill, N.Y./John Jay East Fishkill) went 2-for-3 in the game.
The Saints ran off eight runs in the third inning to take a commanding 9-0 advantage in the second game of the series. Junior catcher Andrea Piela (Wallington, N.J./Montclair Kimberley Academy) capped off the scoring surge with a three run homer over the center field fence. Piela managed two hits in the game.
The Saints managed another four runs over the fourth and fifth innings to take a comfortable 13-6 lead. Rider made a late rally with a four run sixth inning, and then got on the scoreboard in the seventh with an Aimee Schiller RBI double. However, the Saints silenced the late comeback and ran away with a 13-11 win. Granato went 3-for-4 in the game, while Weingart, Morales and Renee Clavette (Danville, N.H./Timberlane Regional) each notched two hits.
The Saints double-header with Fairfield tomorrow has been postponed due to a poor weather forecast for the Capital Region. The team will return to action on Tuesday at Sacred Heart. The first game will begin at 3 p.m.