April 24, 2007
Siena got a strong pitching performance from freshman Lauren Shaheen in the opener and rode the hot bat of junior Jennifer Granato in the nightcap, taking a MAAC doubleheader from visiting Fairfield 4-2 and 11-10 in Loudonville Tuesday. Shaheen picked up the complete game win in game one and earned a three-inning save in the second game.
After three scoreless innings in the opener, Siena's (8-18/6-6) Rachelle Morales broke the ice with a clutch two out, two-run double to left field. Fairfield cut the lead in half in the fifth when Breanne Morschauser came around to score in Julia Jacoby's RBI groundout.
The Saints added a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame on RBI singles by Granato and Kelly Boyle. Fairfield scored an unearned run in the seventh on Jacoby's RBI groundout, but Shaheen worked out of further trouble to complete the win. Shaheen tossed all seven innings in the opener, striking out five and allowing just one earned run.
In the second game, Siena jumped out to a seemingly safe 11-1 lead after four innings. Granato homered twice during the stretch - a two-run homer in the third and a three-run shot in the fourth. Stacey Landini's three-run homerun in the second inning got the rally going. Easton Henrickson started a six-run fourth inning with a deep home run to centerfield.
Not to be outdone, Fairfield (14-21/4-6) rallied behind the long ball. The Saints were one out away from an eight-run rule win in the fifth inning, when Erin Frank singled home a pair of runs off Landini who relieved starter Renee Clavette. The hit highlighted a four-run inning that made the score 11-5.
The Stags inched closer with three in the sixth on Kristie Trifiolis' fourth home run of the season. Cagney Rignalda and Frank hit back-to-back home runs off Shaheen in the seventh to make the score 11-10, but then the freshman bared down to get the final three outs in order.
It was a crucial series sweep for Siena which improves to 6-6 in the MAAC with two league series to go. Granato also inched closer to the school record for home runs with her 10th of the season. Last year, Boyle set the bench mark with 12 long balls.
The Saints travel to Colgate tomorrow for a doubleheader with the Raiders.