April 27, 2014
A day after recording only one hit against the Iona Gaels, the Siena softball team traveled to Fairfield in battle for first place in the MAAC Standings. Siena outlasted Fairfield in a pitching duel in the first game 2-1 and won 6-1 in the second game.
“We played well as a team today and got contributions from a number of different players,” said Coach Lajeunesse. “We pitched very well and J.J. (Sandrini) was outstanding in game one and both Danielle (Cacciola) and Tony (Edwards) threw strikes in game two.”
Jessika-Jo Sandrini (17-9) gave a tremendous performance in the circle in game one. Sandrini went the distance for the 16th time this season, giving up one run on three hits, while striking out eight batters. Sandrini broke her own school record for strikeouts in a single season with 137 and sets a new school record with 461 career strikeouts.
The Saints entered the top of the sixth inning trailing 1-0 and they responded by putting two runs on the board. Stephanie Viggiano continued to set the tone for the Saints with a lead off single to centerfield. After a walk to J.J. Sandrini and a hit by pitch to Abby Carpenter, Alyssa Lancaster reached on a fielder’s choice and allowed Viggiano to score the tying run.
The very next batter, Chelsey Drew connected on a single to centerfield to bring home what would eventually become the winning run. Siena’s defense stepped up in the next two innings to keep the Stags off the board and preserving the 2-1 win.
Lajeunesse continued, “Defensively we were solid all day and we got some timely hits when we needed them along with good base running in game two which helped us put runs on the board.”
Siena had timely hitting and converted on several opportunities in game two to complete the sweep of the Stags. Siena won game two 6-1 behind great pitching by Danielle Cacciola and Antonia Edwards.
Cacciola started in the circle, giving up one run on six hits and Edwards relieved Cacciola in the fourth inning. Edwards closed out the game, earning her third win of the season after pitching four innings, giving up zero runs on two hits.
The second inning was the big inning for Siena as they scored five of their six runs to give them a comfortable lead.
Lancaster started the inning off with a single through the right side of the infield and was followed up with a single by Chelsey Drew down the leftfield line. The big hit came from Abby Carpenter when she smacked a two RBI double to leftfield, driving in Kalesse and Viggiano.
Fairfield tried to make some noise in the fourth as they managed to tally three hits but the Saints defense kept the Stags off the board. The Stags never really put pressure on the Saints defense for the rest of the game.
Siena doesn’t get a break as they travel back to Iona to settle some unfinished business and complete game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, which was suspended due to heavy rain. The game will continue in the third inning with the Saints trailing 6-3. Game is expected to resume at 1:00 p.m.