April 15, 2012
Siena softball completed a dominant weekend Sunday, sweeping visiting Saint Peter's 12-0 and 5-0 at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. The Saints went 4-0 at home, outscoring their opponents 34-3 in a reminder that the Green and Gold are formidable opponents in the race for a MAAC Tournament bid.
Siena (12-21, 4-2 MAAC) opened the day's scoring right away, as Nastasha Powlowsky's RBI double in the first gave the Saints a 1-0 lead. The home team then tacked on three more in the second on just one hit (Mandy Ferro's RBI double), and made it a 5-0 lead on Kayla Kaminsky's third-inning sacrifice fly.
However, the offense had only begun to score, as the fourth inning saw the Saints plate seven runs on eight hits. The highlight of the inning was Alyssa Sceppaguercio's two-RBI triple, but six different Saints drove in runs to give Siena the 12-0 lead. Jessika - Jo Sandrini went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the win, and also pitched five innings of shutout ball for her fifth win of the season, striking out seven and allowing just three hits in the process.
By comparison, game two was much less eventful, but still featured plenty of offense. Kaminsky drove in her third run of the day with a single in the second that scored Megan Volz, and Powlowsky belted her second homer of the weekend in the third, a two-run shot that gave the Saints a 3-0 advantage.
The Peahens did have opportunities to trim the gap. Most notably, Saint Peter's had runners at the corners with just one out in the fifth. However, Siena starter Amanda Filippazzo worked her way out of the jam, inducing a pair of groundouts to keep the three-run lead intact.
The missed opportunity would come back to bite the visitors just a half-inning later, as the Saints scored two runs on a Sandrini single and an error. Filippazzo did not allow a hit in her last two innings of work, and the Green and Gold completed the sweep.
Noteworthy in the wins was the performance of Shannon Jones. The MAAC's leading hitter's reputation preceded her, and she was walked five times (four intentionally) in the doubleheader. The only two times she got pitches to hit, Jones took advantage, roping a single and a double in the nightcap and coming around to score a pair of runs.
Siena has now won five in a row dating back to Thursday's win at Colgate, and has outscored opponents 42-4 in that span. They'll return to competition Tuesday in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Holy Cross.