Siena Softball Splits MAAC Series at Niagara
April 16, 2005
For the second time this week, the Saints gave up a walk-off homerun in the second half of a doubleheader. On Saturday, Senior Jamie Horn's walk-off home run helped Niagara (9-15, 1-1) salvage a 6-5 come-from-behind win and a split in its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference series with the Saints (17-16, 4-2). Siena won the first game 16-8.
Adrian St. Cin had five hits in the twinbill for Siena.
Game 1 - Siena 16, Niagara 8
Siena jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the top of the first when Adrian St. Cin blasted a grand slam home run to left field. Alyson DeMarino then scored on a single and a Niagara error. The Siena offense pounded out 16 hits in the five-inning game.
Niagara responded with four runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Baker reached on an error and then scored when sophomore Nicole Sum singled and Siena committed an error. Horn then tallied the first of three consecutive Purple Eagle doubles. She scored Sum and then junior Shannon Mongalise and senior Kristina Kilian hit back-to-back doubles just beyond first base to plate Horn and Mongalise.
Siena took an 11-4 lead in the third inning when it scored six runs on six hits and two Niagara errors.
The Purple Eagles cut the Saints' lead to two, 11-8, in the bottom of the third when Healy hit her fourth home run of the season and scored Sum after the Niagara catcher doubled. Mongalise doubled down the left field line and then scored on a double to center field by senior Amanda Baluch (Delanson, N.Y.).
The Saints put the game out of reach when they tallied five more runs in the fifth on three hits and four Purple Eagle errors.
Mongalise was 3 for 3 with a RBI and two runs scored and Sum was 2 for 3 with two runs. Freshman Brooke Viola (Los Alamitos, Calif.) took the loss, going 4.1 innings and giving up seven unearned runs.
Carrie Getz, Jennifer Griner, Sarah Rose, Kelly Boyle and St. Cin each ahd multi-hit games for Siena. Boyle, Rose and St. Cin each had three hits. Janelle Iaquinto pitched two and a third innings of one-hit scoreless relief to earn the win.
Game 2 - Niagara 6, Siena 5
With the Purple Eagles trailing 5-2 at the bottom of the seventh, senior Linzi Scarfone opened the inning with a triple to right-center field. Sophomore Lisa Baker then singled up the middle to score Scarfone. After back-to-back outs that left Baker at third, the Saints intentionally walked freshman Tory Healy (Las Vegas, Nev.) to get to Horn. The center fielder then smashed her first home run of the season and third of her career to right-center field for the win.
Lisa DiBlasi homered and drove in four runs for Siena in a losing effort. Horn was 2 for 4 with three RBI, Healy 2 for 2 and Baker 2 for 4 with a RBI. Freshman Tiffany McCrory picked up her fourth win of the season, going seven innings and giving up eight hits and striking out six.