April 19, 2014
Immediately following the doubleheader sweep of Manhattan yesterday, the Siena softball team hopped on a bus to Buffalo, N.Y. to play two with Canisius tonight. The Saints dropped the first game 6-0 and redeemed themselves, winning the second 8-7.
The Saints' reach the 20-win mark for only the fifth time in program history and fourth straight under Lajuenesse.
Siena (20-17, 8-2) started slow and was unable to produce any runs as Canisius ended the Saints five game winning streak 6-0.
The offense was stagnant during the first game. Siena managed three hits in 24 at-bats. Stephanie Viggiano, Jessika - Jo Sandrini and Lauren Milligan each produced a hit.
Sandrini started in the circle and lasted two innings, giving up five runs on five hits. Cacciola and Edwards relieved Sandrini to close out the final four innings. Edwards allowed two hits in 3.1 innings to shutdown the Griffs offense.
Canisius (12-24, 3-7) shutdown the Saints offense, led by pitcher Jen Consaul. Consaul tossed a complete game shutout, giving up three hits with six strikeouts.
Game two was a different story. Siena scored all eight of their runs in the third inning and Canisius slowly chipped away at the lead but ran out of time as Siena won 8-7.
Siena loaded the bases with the first three batters in the third when Stephanie Viggiano, Melanie Kalesse and Jessika - Jo Sandrini all reached base. Viggiano and Kalesse scored on an Abby Carpenter single to left field.
Chelsey Drew reached base on an error to load the bases once again and another Griffs error scores Sandrini.
Back-to-back two RBI singles by Viggiano and Kalesse provided the final punch as the Saints ended the third inning with eight runs on six hits with the help of three Canisus errors.
The Griffs chipped away at the Siena lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and were unable to make up the deficit in the bottom of the seventh.
Siena is back home two days this week when they play doubleheaders against Sacred Heart (4/22) and Cornell (4/24) before beginning MAAC play again next weekend.