One of the longest winning streaks in Siena softball history got longer Friday afternoon at Siena Field in Loudonville, N.Y. The Saints swept MAAC foe Niagara 6-1 and 2-0, moving to 6-2 in-conference in the process and extending the aforementioned streak to 11 games.
Siena (18-21, 6-2 MAAC) wasted no time opening the scoring in game one, as pitcher Jessika - Jo Sandrini's two-out double in the first inning scored Mandy Ferro from second. Niagara came back to tie the score at 1 in the fourth, but the Saints answered right back, as Kayla Kaminsky's infield single in the bottom of the inning scored Nastasha Powlowsky from third.
Sandrini struck again in the fifth, capping off a 3-for-3 game at the plate with a two-run homer to make it a 4-1 Siena lead. The Saints got two more insurance runs in the sixth on singles by Lindsey McKeever and Ferro, and Sandrini completed a complete-game gem to earn her seventh win of the year. In addition to a prodigious effort at the plate, the sophomore yielded just one run on three hits while striking out eight Purple Eagles against zero walks.
The nightcap saw a great pitcher's duel take place. Niagara's Kim Bryson racked up 15 strikeouts in six innings, but had a brief hiccup in the fourth. Powlowsky doubled to center to lead off the frame, and Volz drove her in with another two-bagger to get Siena on the board. The freshman then stole third before racing home as the throw got by the third baseman, and an errant throw by the left fielder led to a 2-0 advantage for the Saints.
That would be all the cushion starting pitcher Amanda Filippazzo would need. For the second consecutive season, the senior one-hit the Purple Eagles, with the lone blemish being a single by Becky Zill in the fourth. She struck out five, and notched her tenth win of the year after retiring the last 11 batters she faced.
The Saints return to the field on Wednesday, hosting Central Connecticut in a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Siena Field.