April 21, 2013
Shannon Jones grabbed a screaming line drive off the bat of Taylor August, which would have tied the game with two outs in the seventh, securing Siena’s first win over Fairfield in three seasons. Siena took the 2-1 win in game two, after falling 5-4 in the opener.
Siena (13-22; 5-3 MAAC) took the second game over the preseason favorite Stags (21-17; 8-4 MAAC) by managing only one hit off Rebecca Trott.
The Saints trailed 1-0 after a home run by Rae Ball, but took the lead scoring two runs in the fourth. After a pair of walks, Alyssa Lancaster came through with the only Siena hit in the game lacing a RBI single to left scoring Jones. Megan Volz gave the Saints the lead with a sacrifice fly to left.
That is all Jessika - Jo Sandrini needed. The junior scattered six hits while only allowing a Rae Ball home run to score.
Fairfield threatened in the seventh, after getting their leadoff hitter on with a walk. The runner would advance to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. Sandrini forced the pinch hitter to line a shot to the shortstop in which Jones reached over her head to secure the ball game.
In the opener, Sandrini once again went the distance. The Saints fell behind five runs, after Fairfield’s pitcher Ball hit a grand slam to left in the first. After that hit, Sandrini would retire 20 of the next 22 hitters, allowing only a bunt single in that span and striking out seven.
Siena cut the deficit to one, after putting up a three spot in the sixth. Mandy Ferro started the rally after working a ten-pitch walk and Jones would drive her in with a single. Sandrini followed her with a RBI double.
Ball would retire Siena in order in the bottom half of the seventh. The conference leader in ERA, allowed three earned runs and struck out four.
Combined, Sandrini went 1-1 on the day with nine strikeouts in 14 innings. This brings an end to a busy week for Sandrini, who has pitched in all six of the Saints’ games going 30.2 innings, picking up four wins, striking out 19 and collecting an ERA of 3.23.
The Saints will head to the road for two key conference doubleheaders against Saint Peter’s and Manhattan next week.