Quinnipiac Sweeps Siena Softball 8-7 and 4-1
April 28, 2005
Kim Norman homered in both games to lead Quinnipiac past Siena 8-7 and 4-1 in Loudonville Thursday afternoon. The Bobcats scored three runs in the fifth to offset a 7-5 deficit and held on for the win in the opener. In the nightcap, Jessica Skaare out-dueled Tara Campbell to earn the victory.
Quinnipiac jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first on Sammi Allendorfer's fourth homerun of the season. Maria Browne singled to start the inning and Jill Viglione walked, proceeding Allendorfer's blast. Siena scored its first run in the second inning when senior Colleen Price launched the first homerun of her career with two outs. In the third, Quinnipiac expanded its lead to 5-1 on Norman's first homerun of the season. Allendorfer scored on the play.
The Saints scored three runs in the third and three in the fourth to take a 7-5 lead. After Carrie Getz singled to start the third, Jennifer Griner blasted her fourth homerun of the season to make the score 5-3. Sarah Rose followed suit two batters later, connecting on her fifth homerun of the season.
In the fourth, the Saints again used the long ball. This time, freshman Jennifer Granato came through with a three run blast after Chani Grant and Carrie Getz reached with singles. Grant had three hits in the game, Getz and Sarah Rose each had two.
Quinnipiac scored three unearned runs in the fifth off reliever Jannelle Iaquinto. After the Bobcats loaded the bases, Brandi Simon's groundball was mishandled allowing two runs to score, tying the game. Charron Letarte drove in the game winning run with a two out double.
Skaare and Campbell were dominant in the circle, combining for 16 strikeouts (Campbell 9). Centerfield with a runner on to give Quinnipiac and early 2-0 lead. Siena had its chances throughout the game, but the Saints left two runners on in the second and fourth innings, and the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh.
Alyson DeMarino had two hits in a losing effort for Siena. Quinnipiac, which only managed five hits as a team, was led by Norman with two. The Bobcats scored their fourth and final run in the seventh inning on Brandi Simon's one-out homerun.
Siena rallied in the ninth to load the bases, and scored when Granato worked a bases loaded walk as a pinch hitter. Skaare avoided further trouble by getting Andrea Piela to pop up to end the game.
The loss was the fourth straight for Siena, which has been reeling since losing senior Adrian St. Cin last week to injury. The Saints return to action with a pair of key doubleheaders this weekend at the friendly confines of Siena Field.
The Saints host Fairfield at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Iona at 1 p.m. Sunday. Sunday will also serve as Senior Day, as the nine-member senior class will be honored after the games.