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Siena Splits Softball Twin Bill with Binghamton
Jennifer Granato
 
Jennifer Granato
 

April 19, 2007

Game 1 Final Stats
Game 2 Final Stats

Siena and Binghamton split a softball doubleheader Thursday in Loudonville. Jennifer Granato homered twice and Lauren Weingart drove home the game-winning run in a 5-4 Siena win in the opener and Binghamton erupted for five runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-5 darkness-shortened victory in the night cap.

"We need to do a better job of taking advantage of our scoring opportunities," head coach Deanna Parks said. "We are playing too passive right now and putting runners on base when we can't afford to."

Granato homered in her first two at bats, offsetting single runs by Binghamton in the first and third innings of game one. The Saints broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the third with a double steal. Kelly Boyle stole home on the back end of a set play for Siena's third run.

Binghamton quickly answered with two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 4-3 lead. Siena starter Lauren Shaheen settled down from that point, allowing just one hit in the final three innings. She picked up her third victory of the season, tossing seven innings allowing just four hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts.

The Saints tied the game on a Boyle double in the fifth - her third hit of the game - and then put their first two runners on in the seventh to set the stage for Weingart's heroics.

Binghamton built a 2-0 lead by the third inning in the second game, scoring single runs in the first and third innings off Saints' starter Jamie Piela.

Siena took the lead with four runs in the third. Piela singled through the middle to drive home the second run of the frame, highlighting the rally. Binghamton had four hits in its five-run fifth, including a back-breaking three-run home run by Sandy Meadows. Michelle Robb and Sara Eppolito each had two hits for the Bearcats in the nightcap.

 

 

After Binghamton added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth, Andrea Piela singled home the final run of the game in the bottom half of the frame for the Saints. The game was then called due to darkness.

Siena returns to MAAC action this Saturday with a doubleheader against Iona here in Loudonville at 1 p.m.

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