April 18, 2014
Loudonville, N.Y. – The series with Manhattan seemed like it may never be played after being postponed three times this season, is finally complete. Siena took both games from the Jaspers Friday afternoon 8-2 and 6-5 to improve to 7-1 in the MAAC.
"Today I thought we played well and came through with some big two out hits," said Coach Bill Lajuenesse. "JJ had a solid first game for us and it was good to see us battle back in game two."
The Saints jumped out to the early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Stephanie Viggiano was one of five Saints’ players to record multiple hits in game one against the Jaspers. Viggiano led off the first inning with a single and later scored on Chelsey Drew’s two-RBI single. Megan Volz would later single in the inning to score Abby Carpenter for the third run.
Siena went on to score a run in the next three innings to extend their lead to 6-2. Melanie Kalesse scored on a throwing error by the catcher as she stole third base in the Siena second. Paige Lloyd doubled to the centerfield wall in the third to bring home Lauren Milligan and Megan Volz recorded her second RBI of the game on a single in the fourth.
Drew led the Saints with four RBI’s in game one. In addition to her two RBI single in the first inning, Drew singled in the fifth to drive in two more RBI’s as the Saints defeated the Jaspers 8-2.
Jessika-Jo Sandrini improved her record to 14-6 on the season and recorded her 14th
complete game. Sandrini went 7.0 innings, giving up five hits, two runs (0 ER) while striking out five.
In Game two, the Saints took the 1-0 lead in the first inning, only to give up four runs to the Jaspers in the top of the second. Siena slowly tacked on a couple runs and then finally tied up the score in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single from Jessika-Jo Sandrini.
"Antonia and Danielle gave us a big lift in the circle which gave us the chance to comeback," Lajuenesse continued. "I thought that was a big team win since all MAAC games are a battle."
Sandrini also drove home two runs in the fourth to bring the deficit to 5-4. Sandrini went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI’s in game two.
Paige Lloyd had a big day for Siena. After going 1-for-4 in game one, Lloyd exploded for three hits, two runs and a RBI. Lloyd was at bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with two on (Connors on Third, Milligan on second) as the Jaspers attempted to walk Lloyd intentionally only to throw the ball to the backstop, allowing Connors to score and the Saints took the sweep after the 6-5 game two win.
Danielle Cacciola earned her third win of the season after relieving Antonia Edwards. Cacciola finished the final 4.0 innings, giving up thwo hits and one run. Cacciola has been a shutdown reliever for the Saints and she continued Friday afternoon, earning the come-from-behind win.
Siena (19-16, 7-1) immediately hopped on the bus after the game to travel to Buffalo, N.Y. as they face Canisius for a doubleheader tomorrow evening with the first pitch scheduled for 5:00 p.m.