April 17, 2012
Siena softball's offense kept right on rolling Tuesday. The Saints scored 21 runs in just 12 innings at Holy Cross, and swept the Crusaders 10-3 and 11-0 to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Siena (14-21) wasted no time getting rolling, scoring seven runs in their first turn at bat in game one. Shannon Jones opened the scoring with a two-run single, while an RBI groundout by Nastasha Powlowsky, run-scoring base hits by Alyssa Sceppaguercio and Kayla Kaminsky, and a two-run triple by Mandy Ferro did the rest of the damage. The Saints then proceeded to add two more in the second, as Jones and reigning MAAC Player of the Week Jessika - Jo Sandrini bashed back-to-back solo homers to make it a 9-0 Siena advantage.
Holy Cross avoided an eight-run rule loss with runs in the fourth and fifth, but the Saints got into double digits with an RBI single from Stephanie Viggiano in the sixth. The Crusaders scored once in their half of the frame, but the game was well in hand by that point. Starting pitcher Sandrini earned her sixth win of the season, allowing just three hits and fanning five hitters in the process.
Like in the first game, the Green and Gold got off to a scorching start in the nightcap. Back-to-back doubles by Powlowsky and Megan Volz scored three runs in the first inning, and the offense would keep it going with four more runs in the second. Samantha Ray drove in two with a double, while Sandrini and Sceppaguercio each notched RBI with sacrifice flies to give the Saints a 7-0 lead.
All was quiet until the top of the fifth, when the Siena offense erupted once more. Ray drove in her third run of the game with a single before Powlowsky delivered a bases-clearing double that scored three runs in one swing and gave her a 4-for-4, 5-RBI game. Starter Amanda Filippazzo proceeded to complete the shutout in the bottom half of the inning, and she allowed just three hits in moving to 8-9 on the season.
Siena returns home Wednesday for a 2:30 p.m. doubleheader against Hartford at Siena Field.