Siena Softball hosted MAAC foe Canisius on Saturday at Siena Field. The Saints dropped a tight first game 4-3 in eight innings, but responded with a 6-0 shutout in game two to improve to 7-3 in MAAC play. Jess Vollmer recorded five hits in the doubleheader for Siena and freshman Maddie McMahon pitched her first collegiate shutout in the win.
Game One: Canisius 4, Siena 3
The Saints (12-23, 7-3) had a strong start in game one, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first to take a quick 2-0 lead over the Griffs (16-25, 4-6). Siena had two hits in the frame and took advantage of two errors as well. Jazmin Ortiz opened the inning with a leadoff single and Vollmer also singled in the inning.
Both starting pitchers, Lauren Butts for Siena and Madi Weathers for Canisius, held their opponents scoreless for the next three innings. The Griffs broke out offensively in the fifth scoring three runs on three hits and an error to take the 3-2 lead.
Siena tied it up though in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Vollmer after singles by Lauren Sabihon and Ortiz, and a walk by Patricia Kalesse. Canisius plated the game-winning run in the top of the eighth on a single and an error.
Butts allowed four runs in the complete game, but just one earned run on ten hits with two strikeouts. Reliever Erica Mackie got the win for the Griffs, going four and two-thirds innings and allowing just one run.
Game Two: Siena 6, Canisius 0
McMahon took the mound for Siena in game two and had one of the best performances of her rookie campaign. She scattered six hits over seven innings and struck out six Griffs in the complete game shutout.
Offensively, Siena scored one run in the first on an RBI double by Madysen Cossack before putting up five more in the sixth to ensure the victory and series split. The Saints totaled five hits in the sixth including RBI doubles by Vollmer and Ortiz. Vollmer was 3-4 in the game and Ortiz led with 2 RBIs in the win.
The Saints will be back at Siena Field on Wednesday, April 19 to battle Syracuse. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 3 p.m. in Loudonville.