April 28, 2013
The Siena softball team was in prime position of maybe even locking in a playoff berth into the MAAC tournament after winning the first game of a double header against Manhattan. The Saints were leading 4-0 in the fifth, but could not hold on and the Jaspers forced a crucial split in Riverdale.
Siena (16-24, 8-4 MAAC) stormed out of the gate in the first contest scoring four in the top of the second. Melanie Kalesse had the big blow for the Saints with a two run triple, the first of her collegiate career, to give Siena a 4-0 lead.
Manhattan (19-23, 9-7 MAAC) got a little bit closer, scoring three times in the bottom half of the frame, but Siena would answer back and clinch the win in the sixth. Siena scored six times in the inning led by a bases loaded single by Megan Volz which plated two. Stephanie Viggiano also drove in two with a double.
Sandrini retired the side in order for the shortened win. Every Siena player with an at bat got a hit in the contest, with five recording multi-hit contests. Mandy Ferro and Volz led the squad with three hits apiece. Viggiano and Lloyd also drove in three.
Siena kept their bats alive in the second game. After an RBI single by Alyssa Lancaster gave Siena a 1-0 lead, the Green and Gold poured out three more runs in the third. Volz had the big hit, a three run homer down the left field line, her second of the season.
That would basically be it for Siena’s offense. Kate Bowen would allow just one hit the rest of the way, and at one point retired 12 of 14 batters that she faced.
Manhattan struck for a pair of runs in the fifth and the sixth, after two RBI singles by Elena Bowman and Amanda Babcock to tie the game.
In the bottom of the seventh, Viggiano was involved with a collision at first base and was replaced in the eighth. With two outs and the winning run on second, Ferro, who came in to play second base, caused the walk off error scoring Bowen.
Sandrini pitched complete games in both contests striking out three.
The big offensive performer was Kalesse, who went a combined 4-for-8, scoring three runs and driving in two. Volz also had a big series, going 4-for-7 with five RBI and three runs scored.
The Saints will take a break from conference games when they welcome crosstown rivals UAlbany to town in a series that starts at 3 p.m.