Siena Softball traveled to Hamden, Connecticut on Sunday to battle conference opponent Quinnipiac. The Saints defeated the Bobcats 10-6 in game one of the doubleheader before dropping the second game 2-1. Senior Chelsey Drew totaled four hits on the day. Head coach Bill Lajeunesse picked up his 150th win for the Saints in the game one victory.
Game One: Siena 10, Quinnipiac 6
The Saints (14-25, 9-5 MAAC) had one of their strongest offensive performances in game one in Hamden, plating ten runs on 14 hits. Siena started the scoring in the second with two runs on an RBI double by Jazmin Ortiz.
Siena then added five more runs in the third to make it 7-0. Madysen Cossack got things started with an RBI double before singles by Drew, Brooke Taylor, Jess Vollmer all scored runs, as did a bases-loaded walk by Paige Hess.
The Bobcats would score one in the bottom of the third to make it 7-1 but the Saints put up one in the fourth to keep a seven run advantage at 8-1. Over the final three innings, Quinnipiac outscored Siena 5-2 but the Saints held on for a 10-6 win. Jessika Jaime had an RBI single in the sixth and Taylor added an RBI double.
Drew and Jaime each totaled three hits in the win and Taylor and Ortiz led the way with 2 RBIs each. Lauren Butts pitched the complete game for the Saints, recording her eighth victory of the season.
Game Two: Quinnipiac 2, Siena 1
In game two, the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead off freshman starter Maddie McMahon in the fourth on a solo shot by Lauren Courtney. The Saints would tie it up on an RBI single by Cossack in the sixth. However, the Bobcats would walk-off with one out in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Emily Czaja to force the doubleheader split with the 2-1 victory.
McMahon allowed five hits in the complete game defeat, striking out four and walking just two. Offensively, Siena plated just one run on six hits. Vollmer led with two hits in the loss.
Siena holds a 9-5 record in the MAAC with six games to play and sits in third place behind Iona and Manhattan.
The Saints will take on Holy Cross on Tuesday, April 25 in Worcester, Massachusetts. First pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.