May 1, 2004
NEW ROCHELLE, NY--Sophomore Tara Campbell continued her dominance of the MAAC with a no-hitter in the backend of a doubleheader split with Iona Saturday afternoon in New Rochelle. Campbell struck out eight Gaels and walked just one in her seven innings of masterful work. The Saints scored a single run in the third inning that Campbell made hold up in a 1-0 victory after Iona had taken the opener 5-4.
In the opener, he Saints (14-25-1/5-7 MAAC) got on the board in their first at bat when Adrian St. Cin hit a two-out, two-run homer to center field that scored teammate Sarah Rose who reached on an error. The Gaels answered back in the bottom of the third. Pitcher Alison Higgs reached on a fielder's choice only to be advanced to third after freshman Alex Sprague singled up the middle. Higgs would eventually score after junior Liz Hammel reached on an error by Siena's shortstop for the RBI.
The Gaels did the most damage in the bottom of the fourth, taking a 4-2 lead. Senior catcher Amanda Pucci reached on an error and then advanced to second after freshman Stacey Moyer's sacrifice bunt. Gaels' freshman Alexis Garbowski was forced out of the game after being hit by a pitch and then replaced by senior Alicia Lanzieri . Both Pucci and Lanzieri would score after freshman Alyson Funn hit her first triple of the season for two RBI. Higgs registered her first hit of the game, a two-out double to right field, to score Funn. St. Cin came in to relieve starting pitcher Tisha Salamino during the inning for the final out.
Siena tacked on another run in the top of the fifth inning before tying the score in the sixth after two Iona errors allowed Christa Fasano to first reach base and then score ona groundball by Veronica Arredondo. The Gaels scored the final run of the game off of Higgs' game-winning single which scored Moyer who had reached on a single.
Higgs picked up her 17th win of the season and led the Gaels with two RBI. Moyer was a perfect 2-for-2 scoring one run. St. Cin had two hits in a losing effort for Siena. The nightcap was controlled by Campbell from start to finish. Only Liz Hammell reached base with a fourth inning walk, and she was stranded at first base. The Saints played flawless defense behind Campbell who retired 21 of the 22 batters she faced. Lisa DiBlasi blasted a solo homerun to right center in the top of the third for the only run of the game.
Higgs was tagged with only her eighth loss in 25 appearances.
Siena takes on Fairfield in a doubleheader tomorrow in Connecticut.