Softball Fights Back to Earn Split With Binghamton
April 21, 2005
Sophomore shortstop Kelly Boyle had five hits on the afternoon and blasted two homeruns in the nightcap, helping Siena to a split in its non-conference twinbill with Binghamton in Loudonville on Thursday. Binghamton won the first game 5-1, but the Saints bounced back to take the literal nightcap 11-4.
Junior Rose Barre and classmate Nicole Vitello each launched a pair of solo homeruns propelling Binghamton to a 5-1 victory. Barre got the Bearcats on the board in the first with a towering blast to right centerfield. Vitello followed with a homerun to center to but Binghamton up 2-0.
Siena took advantage of a bout of wildness from Binghamton starter Katie Hensen to tally its first and only run in the home half of the second. Catcher Andrea Piela drew a bases loaded walk to score pinch runner Chani Grant, cutting the Bearcats lead in half. Hensen averted further damage by inducing a fielders choice groundout by Jamie Walker and striking out senior Carrie Getz to end the frame. The Saints had loaded the bases with a pair of walks and an infield single by Kelly Boyle.
Boyle was the only Saint to record a multi-hit game, registering a pair of singles.
Binghamton quickly recovered the run, as Barre struck her second opposite field long ball of the game to start the third inning. After Barre chased Siena starter Janelle Iaquinto with her third hit of the game in the fifth, junior Tara Campbell came in with the bases loaded and no outs. Campbell retired Vitello on a shallow fly to center, but sacrificed an RBI single to left by centerfielder Jessica Dima, making the score 4-1.
Vitello provided the Bearcats fifth and final run of the game with a shot over left field wall in the seventh.
Hensen went the distance for Binghamton, allowing six hits and just the one run.
Boyle led the Saints to an 11-4 victory by launching two opposite field homeruns over the right field fence in the third and fifth innings. Binghamton jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Devin Glezen scored on a wild pitch thrown by Saints pitcher Tisha Salamino to start the scoring. The Bearcats tacked on two more in the inning as Vitello knocked in teammate Marisa DeStasio with a single and Dima scored on an unearned run following an error.
The Saints countered in the third inning as Jennifer Granato, Sarah Rose, and Boyle hit back-to-back-to-back homeruns to give Siena the lead, 4-3. Before the Saints could inflict any more harm, Lauren Reis relieved Bearcats starter Chrissy Semon.
Salamino proceeded to pitch three scoreless innings before the Bearcats rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth when Vitello singled to right center scoring Glezen.
The Saints went on to rally in the bottom of the inning as Boyle hit a blast over the right field fence for a homerun. The shot knocked in Rose, who reached base on a throwing error. The Bearcats' defensive woes continued as Fasano scored on a wild pitch later in the inning, making the score 7-4. After Colleen Price walked and advanced to second on the play, and Megan Woltz drove her in with an RBI single to centerfield, increasing the lead to 8-4.
Salamino continued to shutdown the Bearcats hitting working a perfect sixth inning. After allowing the three first inning runs, Salamino settled down, and allowed just one more score the rest of the way. Salamino pitched her second complete game of the season, allowing only three earned runs and five hits to improve to 2-2 on the year.
The Saints' relentless bats continued in the bottom of the inning as Rose padded her stats with a sharp single to center that drove in a run. After Rose advanced to second, and Granato walked, Fasano drove in a run with a fielder's choice groundout. The inning continued when Lisa DiBlasi knocked in Rose with a single up the middle, accounting for the final score, 11-4.
Siena returns to MAAC action this weekend as they travel to Marist on Saturday for a doubleheader with the Red Foxes.