Saints Sweep Monmouth to Clinch MAAC Tournament Berth

Lauren Butts eclipsed 300 career strikeouts in game one.
April 30, 2017

Game One Box Score

Game Two Box Score

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Softball completed its perfect 6-0 week on Sunday with a sweep of MAAC foe Monmouth. The Saints put up a 4-2 victory in game one before completing the sweep with an 11-5 win in the finale. With the two wins, Siena secured a berth in the MAAC Tournament as well as the program's seventh consecutive 20-win season, all under head coach Bill Lajeunesse. The program had just one 20-win season in its first 34 seasons.

Sophomore Madysen Cossack continued her tremendous season, driving in eight runs. Junior pitcher Lauren Butts notched her 300th career strikeout in game one.

Game One: Siena 4, Monmouth 2

Siena (20-25, 13-5) entered the doubleheader in a tie for second in the MAAC, while Monmouth (20-27, 10-8) sat one game back in a tie for fourth. The game was tied for the first three innings as starting pitchers Butts and Amanda Riley for the Hawks, put up zeros.

Monmouth struck first in the top of the fourth, plating two on three hits and one error. Chloe Howerth and Jasmine Higa brought in runs in the frame. Siena would answer in the bottom of the inning, though taking a 4-2 lead. Jazmin Ortiz opened with a single and would come home two batters later on a home run blast to right center by Cossack. Loryn DeFalco hit her own two-run shot after a single by Chelsey Drew to take the two-run lead.

Riley and Butts once again held the two teams off the board for the remainder of the contest to give Siena the game one victory 4-2. Butts struck out five, including number 300 of her career, and allowed seven hits in the complete game. The Saints put up just five hits against Riley, but the two home runs were enough to seal the win.

 

 

Game Two: Siena 11, Monmouth 5

In the second game, the Hawks got on the board quickly, putting two on the board after four walks in the frame by freshman starter Maddie McMahon. The Saints got one back in the bottom of the inning when Cossack hit an RBI double to bring home Ortiz who had drawn a leadoff walk.

Siena took its first lead of game two in the third. Cossack and Drew hit back to back singles with one out in the frame and DeFalco brought them in to score on a double to right center to make it 3-2. Amanda Dodson tacked another run on with an RBI double of her own to extend the lead to 4-2.

However, the Hawks battled back in the fourth when Higa hit a solo shot to left and the Hawks added another unearned run to tie it up at 4-4. Siena came right back in the bottom of the fourth on Cossack's second home run of the series to put the Saints back up 5-4.

Monmouth tied it up again on an RBI single by Higa, but Siena would have its best inning of the day in the fifth. DeFalco singled to start things off. With two outs, Ortiz hit a double down the right field line to drive in two and make it 7-5. After a bunt single by Jess Vollmer and a hit by pitch, Cossack drilled a shot to center for a grand slam to make it 11-5 and give the sophomore six RBIs in the game.

After a quiet six inning for both teams, McMahon finished the game with three strikeouts in the top of the seventh to end it 11-5 Saints. The freshman struck out nine in the complete game win.

Siena is now guaranteed to be one of six teams vying for a MAAC Championship. The Saints are currently in second place (13-5), one game back of first place Iona (14-4). After hosting a nonconference matchup against Army West Point on Thursday, May 4 at 3 p.m., Siena will play its final two MAAC games at Niagara on Saturday, May 6 at 1 p.m.