Iona Shuts Down Siena Softball
May. 1, 2005
Catcher Laura Scott hit two homeruns and collected seven RBI in the opener, and Alison Higgs picked up her MAAC leading 14th win in the nightcap as the Gaels swept Siena 11-1 and 5-0 in Loudonville Sunday afternoon. Tara Campbell struck out seven batters and pitched a complete game in the backend of the series for the Saints.
Iona (27-12/12-1 MAAC) asserted its muscle in the very first inning, scoring five times to take command of the game. Liz Hammel doubled home a run, and Laura Scott hit a two-out grand slam off Saints' starter Tisha Salamino to cap off the rally.
Iona increased its lead to 9-0 in the third with four more runs. Alicia Lanzieri, who scored three times in the game, and Stacy Moyer reached base to set the stage for Scott's second long ball of the game. Alexis Garbowski followed with a homerun of her own, and the Gaels were well on their way to an easy win.
Siena (18-23/4-6 MAAC) scored its only run in the bottom of the third inning. Jen Granato singled home Carrie Getz who reached on a fielder's choice groundout and moved up a base when Jennifer Griner worked a two-out walk.
Iona finished the game in the fifth inning, as Lanzieri connected on the team's fourth homerun of the game to give the Gaels the 11-1 win. Becky Riccitelli struck out eight batters and allowed just three hits to improve to 12-1 on the season in the circle.
Iona again did most of its damage early. Alyson Funn's sacrifice fly scored Allison Higgs with the game's first run in the top of the first. The Gaels scored three big runs in the second, again by virtue of the long ball. Garbowski was again the culprit, launching a three-run homerun to right centerfield with no outs.
Campbell settled down in the circle and was effective the rest of the way. She walked just one and gave up only two earned runs in her seven innings of work. The Gaels completed their scoring in the sixth as Alicia Lanzeir doubled home Funn.
Following the game's, Siena's nine member senior class was honored. The class, consisting of seniors: Lisa DiBlasi, Carrie Getz, Chani Grant, Norah Haddad, Colleen Price, Sarah Rose, Tisha Salamino, Adrian St. Cin and Megan Woltz will go down as the most productive in school history. They were part of the program's first MAAC Tournament appearance in 2003 and several hold individual record.
The loss was the sixth straight for Siena, which returns to MAAC action at 1 p.m. tomorrow against Fairfield at Siena Field.