April 30, 2013
There may be a new era starting in the Capital Region. Although, UAlbany has dominated the series between the two schools during its history, it was Siena who came within one play of sweeping the 30-win team for the first time ever. Although they did not take two, the Green and Gold would settle for one victory over the defending America-East champions.
Siena struck first off a run scoring double by Abby Carpenter who would be brought in with a base knock by Mandy Ferro. Siena would continue their scoring in the frame with a single by Kalesse to give the Saints a 3-0 lead.
Edwards would keep the Great Danes (31-12) hitters guessing all day. She would retire 12 of 13 hitters, allowing just one hit going into the fifth. UAlbany loaded the bases in the frame, but Edwards forced Lauren Alcorn to line out to center to end the threat.
The Saints would extend their 4-2 lead in the sixth when they struck for three runs, after RBI hits by Kalesse and Jones. Paige Lloyd, who was the offensive key in the series, brought home a run with a double off the wall. In the two games, Lloyd went 5-for-6 with two doubles and a homer.
The Great Danes brought home three in the bottom half of the frame, and brought the tying run to the plate. Edwards completed her best pitching performance of the year, getting leadoff hitter Vicky McFarland to foul out to Jordan Sandrini.
Eight different Saints recorded hits in the game, with Kalesse, Lloyd, and Carpenter all recording two.
Annie Johnson had three of the nine hits for UAlbany.
In Game One, Siena fell behind 2-0 early, with UAlbany manufacturing a couple of runs.
Albany’s pitcher Brittany MacFawn, who came within a strike of a perfect game in her last game against Siena, had struck out four and allowed only one hit until the fourth inning.
After a single by the pitcher Alyssa Lancaster, Lloyd belted her eighth home run of the year to dead center to tie the game.
The turning point of the opener came in the sixth inning when Charlise Castro was ruled safe on a close play at first leading off the inning. She would later score on Lindsey Stout’s RBI single.
Lloyd would double off the fence in the seventh representing the tying run, but would be stranded at second.
MacFawn struck out nine in getting her 22nd win of the season, while Lancaster allowed just three runs and struck out three in her seven innings of work.
The Saints will now try and clinch a playoff berth when they take on Canisius on Saturday for Senior Day. With two wins in their final four games, Siena will guarantee themselves a playoff spot for the first time since 2003.