April 14, 2005
Senior shortstop Natalie Rawson (Palmdale, Calif.) blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Colgate to a come-from-behind 7-5 win over Siena giving the Raiders a sweep of its non-conference doubleheader Thursday at the Eaton Street Field. The Raiders won the opener, 10-5.
Colgate (15-12) has won seven of its first eight on its 12-game home stand, after playing the first 19 games on the road. Siena (16-15) had a five-game winning streak snapped by the Raiders.
Rawson's two-out heroics gave her the school record for RBI with 128, passing her sister Melissa (2000-03), who had 127 during her brilliant career.
In the opener, Colgate fell behind 4-0 before coming back for the victory. Siena's Jennifer Griner hit a solo homer and Adrian St. Cin blasted a two-run shot for a 3-0 lead in the first inning off Colgate starter Nichole Rawson (Palmdale, Calif.). The Saints added their fourth run in the fourth inning on Griner's RBI single.
Colgate rallied with five runs in its half of the fourth on a two-run single by Erin Hanna (Tucson, AZ) and a three-run homer by freshman Erin O'Keefe (Millersville, MD). O'Keefe has hit three home runs in her last six games.
The Saints tied the contest in the fifth inning with an unearned run, before Colgate retook the lead in the bottom of the frame on Nichole Rawson's home run. The Raiders then exploded for five runs in the sixth inning when Nichole Rawson emptied the bases with a bases-loaded double, and later scored on a Siena fielding error.
Nichole Rawson worked the first four innings before giving way to junior Kate Howard (7-7) (Wheaton, Ill), who picked up the victory. Howard allowed two hits, one unearned run, while striking out three and walking none for her seventh win of the season.
In the nightcap, sophomore Kelsey Nordstrom (Salina, KS) had a complete-game effort for the Raiders, winning her eighth game of the season. Last year, she posted seven victories in her rookie season. Nordstrom allowed four hits, five runs; three earned, walked one and struck out eight. She has 89 strikeouts on the season which is the sixth best single season total in school history.
Colgate found itself trailing 3-0 in the third inning, before scoring a single run in the fifth inning on Jessi Bentovoja's (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) pinch hit double, scoring Erin Gomez (Lawrenceville, NJ), who had doubled earlier in the inning.
The Raiders' second run in the sixth inning on O'Keefe's RBI single, which plated Hanna, who reached on an error.
Siena appeared to be in control when the Saints scored twice in the seventh inning on St. Cin's second homer of the day for a 5-2 lead.
Colgate, however, rallied with five runs in the bottom of the seventh. LaPorscha Albert (Lewisville, TX) led off the inning with a single, and raced to second on a throwing error. Bentovoja was safe when Siena centerfielder Griner dropped a fly, advancing Albert to third. Dorothy Donaldson (Lakeland, Fla.) drove Albert home with a single up the middle, and Nichole Rawson followed with another RBI single through the middle of the infield.
With runners on second and third with no outs, the next two Colgate batters ground out to short, bringing Natalie Rawson to the plate. On the third pitch, she drilled her second home run of the season over the center field fence to give the Raiders the victory.