April 14, 2012
Siena softball's bats caught fire Saturday in their first home MAAC doubleheader of the season. Unleashing a brutal offensive attack on an overmatched Manhattan squad, the Saints moved back to .500 in league play with 7-1 and 10-2 victories in Loudonville, N.Y.
The Saints (10-21, 2-2 MAAC) hit two of their five home runs on the day in the first inning of game one, when Samantha Ray and Jessika - Jo Sandrini's solo shots put Siena up 2-0 early on. While Sandrini cruised in the circle, going the distance and allowing just one run on five hits, the offense kept it up with run-scoring hits in the third by Megan Volz and Alyssa Sceppaguercio.
Manhattan scored their lone run in the fifth, but the Saints struck back with two of their own in their half of the frame and another insurance tally in the sixth. Sandrini, Volz, Nastasha Powlowsky, and Stephanie Viggiano all had two hits apiece in the win, leading an offense that banged out 12 in seven innings.
The offense kept right on rolling in the nightcap. After Manhattan jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead, the Saints put four runs of their own up in the first, keyed by Sandrini's second homer of the day. The Green and Gold stayed hot in the second, and improbably got Sandrini's third four-bagger of the afternoon (and fourth in three games) to key a three-run frame and give the Saints a 7-1 lead.
After the Jaspers plated an unearned run in the fourth, Powlowsky gave the Saints even more power, belting her second home run of the year to cap off a 3-for-3 performance in game two. Finally, Ray sent the teams home early with an RBI double in the fifth to put the eight-run rule into effect.
Lost in the powerhouse offensive performance was a steady effort from pitcher Amanda Filippazzo. The righty allowed just two hits in five innings in recording her sixth win of the year.
Siena returns to the field Sunday for another home MAAC doubleheader, this time against Saint Peter's. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Siena Field.