April 15, 2013
Shannon Jones and Paige Lloyd both homered for the Saints and Megan Volz drove in three, pacing Siena’s power display against the Niagara Purple Eagles, in picking up their first two conference wins of the year. Siena won the first game 5-2, and outslugged the Purple Eagles 10-7 in the nightcap.
Siena (10-21, 2-2 MAAC) picked up their first conference win of the year, courtesy of two all-League players. Preseason player of the year, Jones powered the offense, slugging her second homerun of the season, and added a two run double in accounting for all of Siena’s five runs.
On the mound, last year’s all-MAAC First and Second Team selection, Jessika - Jo Sandrini, shut down Niagara’s (4-23, 1-1 MAAC) bats to the tune of two runs in a complete game effort while striking out five.
Over her last two starts, Sandrini has recorded a 2.33 ERA in 12 innings and has fanned 10.
In the nightcap, Siena showed their depth by getting offense from other players on the roster. Lloyd, Volz, and Mandy Ferro combined to go 9-for-13 and drove in seven of the team’s ten runs.
Lloyd got the Saints started in the second when she connected on her fifth homerun of the season, a solo shot.
Niagara would get their first and only lead of the day in the bottom half of their frame , after RBI singles from Aileen Hinton and Jennifer Saggiomo.
Siena would explode for six runs in the fourth to take the lead for good. Melanie Kalesse drove in a run with a single followed by two RBI hits from Sandrini and Volz.
Siena led by six going into the final inning, but Niagara would cut that lead in half. Becky Zill notched a two run single off of Sandrini in relief, and the Purple Eagles had the tying run on the on-deck circle.
But that batter would not come to the plate. The Saints who came in third in the MAAC in double plays turned, got just that to end the game.
It was the sixth straight win over Niagara for the Saints.
Combined Lloyd and Ferro had four hits to lead the squad while Volz and Jones had three.
Siena is back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Fordham for a double header starting at 3 p.m. in the Bronx.