April 29, 2012
In the span of two days, Siena softball went from the top of the MAAC to a team that will need to scratch and claw its way to the MAAC Tournament in its final four games. The Saints were swept at Iona Sunday, dropping 2-0 and 1-0 decisions and falling to 6-6 in conference play in the process.
Siena (18-26, 6-6 MAAC) came in with one of the most vaunted offenses in the league, but the Saints could only muster three hits in game one off MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Sarah Jackson. Jackson struck out 12 hitters, but was only in serious trouble once, when the Saints loaded the bases in the fifth with two outs. However, Samantha Ray went down on strikes to end the threat, and Jackson and Iona cruised to the win.
It was a hard-luck loss for Jessika - Jo Sandrini in the circle. The sophomore allowed just six hits in six innings, but ultimately did not get enough run support and fell to 8-13 on the year.
It was more of the same in game two. The Gaels struck for the game's lone run in the first inning, and the Saints did not mount a serious threat for the rest of the game. Sandrini had a pair of doubles in the loss, while Amanda Filippazzo pitched very well in defeat, yielding just the first-inning run on six hits.
The Saints have now dropped all six conference road games they've had to this point in the season. At 6-6 in the MAAC, Siena likely needs to win at least three of their final four conference games, which are scheduled for Saturday (at home against Marist) and Sunday (at Fairfield).
Siena returns home Tuesday for a 4 p.m. doubleheader against crosstown rival UAlbany at Siena Field.