Streaking Saints Surge Past Bucknell in Non-Conference Twinbill
April 15, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.- Siena rallied from three multi-run deficits after the sixth inning to pull off a miraculous 12-11 nine inning victory over visiting Bucknell in the first half of a non-conference doubleheader that lasted until the early evening hours Thursday in Loudonville. Sophomore standout Tara Campbell went the darkness shortened six innings in the literal nightcap for her fourth consecutive victory, a 5-1 Siena win.
Sophomore captain Sarah Rose had four hits in the opener and seven RBI, three of which came on a game-tying home run to left centerfield in the eight inning after Bucknell had shot ahead with three runs in their at bat. Playing by international tiebreaker rules, the Bison added two runs in the ninth on Jenna Fitch's two-run homerun. Fitch finished 4-for-5 with two RBI in the first game.
Rose doubled home a pair of runs to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, and Veronica Arredondo scored the winning run on Lisa DiBlasi's ground ball to third, which was mishandled with one out and the bases loaded.
Bucknell (7-19) held a 5-1 lead at one point after scoring three runs in the top of the fourth. Lauren Wible had three hits and three RBI for the visitors, and Kristen Potts collected to base knocks. Alyssa Stackhouse homered off the scoreboard in left centerfield in Bucknell's first at bat; she finished with three RBI.
Jennifer Griner had three hits for the Saints and scored a season-high four runs. Christa Fasano was the only other Saint to register a multi-hit game. Tisha Salamino worked a perfect ninth in relief to improve to 3-2 on the season. Both teams had 14 hits, but Bucknell committed six errors compared to three for Siena.
In the nightcap, the Saints struck for a single run in the second as Chani Grant doubled home Carla Fedele to break the ice. Grant's second double in the fourth plated the game's second run, though more damage was eluded as Megan Woltz was gunned down at home and Grant caught in a rundown at third on the play to kill the rally. In the top half of the frame, the Bison managed their first hit off Campbell, a bloop double by Stackhouse.
Siena (8-16) broke the game open with three runs in the fifth, the first coming on Griner's second career homerun. Diblasi singled home the second and the third scored following one of the Bison's six errors in the nightcap.
Bucknell managed a run in their final at bat in the sixth as Lauren Litts doubled home Stackhouse. Campbell joined Grant with a multi-hit game to up her team-leading average for the Saints.
The game was called in the sixth as darkness had settled on Siena Field.
The Saints return to MAAC action this weekend, hosting Saint Peter's on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Manhattan Sunday at 1 p.m. in conference doubleheaders.