Siena Softball hosted MAAC opponent Rider at Siena Field on Saturday. The team's two seniors were recognized before the doubleheader. The Saints swept the Broncs, taking game one 8-0 in five innings and picking up a 7-3 victory in game two, for the team's fourth consecutive win. Brooke Taylor hit two home runs in the series for the Saints and totaled five RBIs.
Game One: Siena 8, Rider 0 (5)
Junior Lauren Butts and senior Danielle Cacciola combined for a one-hit shutout in game one, taking down the Broncs 8-0 in five innings. Butts allowed just one hit while on the mound for the first four innings for the Saints (18-25, 11-5 MAAC), striking out five.
Siena jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead over the Broncs (6-37, 1-15) in the first on RBIs by Paige Hess and Taylor. The Saints tacked on a run in the third on an RBI single by Amanda Dodson to make it 3-0.
The bats really came alive for Siena in the fourth, when the Saints put up five runs on four hits. An RBI single by Chelsey Drew plated one before Loryn DeFalco put up two more with a double. Taylor put the exclamation point on the frame with her two-run blast to left to make it 8-0. Cacciola then closed the game out with a scoreless fifth to make it an 8-0 win for Siena in game one.
DeFalco, Drew, and Dodson each recorded two hits in game one. Taylor led the team with 3 RBIs.
Game Two: Siena 7, Rider 3
In the second game, the Saints once again scored in the first, putting up one on an RBI double by Madysen Cossack after a double by Hess. Siena was held scoreless in the second, but put up four more in the third to extend the lead to 5-0 over the Broncs. Jessika Jaime opened the frame with a double and Hess later drove in two on single. Cossack again doubled to drive in another and Taylor added an RBI single.
Cossack added another RBI in the fourth, scoring Jess Vollmer to make it 6-0. Siena would tack one on in the fifth on Taylor's second home run of the day to make it 7-0 Saints. However, the Broncs would respond with two in the sixth and one in the seventh to make it a 7-3 win for Siena.
Freshman Maddie McMahon took her turn on the mound in game two, hurling five scoreless innings and allowing just three hits with four strikeouts. McMahon picked up her seventh win of the season in the contest.
The Saints will host Monmouth on Sunday, April 30 at Siena Field. First pitch of the MAAC doubleheader is set for noon. Siena is currently tied for second place in the conference with Manhattan. Monmouth is one game back in a fourth place tie with Marist.