May. 2, 2005
The Siena Softball split a twinbill against visiting Fairfield Monday afternoon at rainy Siena field. It took 12 innings and over three hours to decide the first game, which the Saints lost 8-7. Siena bounced back in the second game and won 4-2 behind the strong right arm of Tara Campbell.
The Saints move to 18-24 overall and 4-7 in the MAAC, while the Stags fell to 29-22 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
The Saints jumped out to an early 3-0 lead thanks to sharp hitting. Senior Carrie Getz was the first Saint to reach base, due to an untimely Stags fielding error. Sarah Rose then knocked a double to score Getz, tallying the game's first run. Kelly Boyle then hit an opposite field double to score Rose, making the game 2-0. Junior Allison DeMarino followed Boyle's blast with an RBI single down the third base line to add to the Saints' growing lead, 3-0.
Fairfield rallied in the fourth inning when, after a Cagney Ringnalda single to left center, Riannon Thomas hit an RBI single towards third base to cut the Saints' lead to two. Natalie Visone then followed with a game-tying RBI double to left centerfield, making the score 3-3.
Siena's bats awoke in the fifth inning when Rose hit her second double of the game to right field. Boyle followed with a double to left field, scoring Rose to give Siena a 4-3 lead. After a DeMarino walk, senior Lisa DiBlasi hit a scorching single through the left side to score Boyle and increase the advantage to 5-3.
Siena kept the hits coming in the sixth inning when Getz and Jenn Griner singled to put runners on first and second base. Freshman Jenn Granato followed with an infield single to load the bases for Boyle who singled to center field to drive in one run and extend the lead to three runs. DeMarino then added to the Saints' increasing margin after she grounded out to third base, driving in a run in the process.
The Stags came alive in the seventh inning after Tara Hansen doubled to left center to start the rally. Saints pitcher Tisha Salamino then threw a pitch to the backstop, which advanced Hansen to third. Julia Jacoby then grounded out to the shortstop to drive in Hansen to make the score 7-4. The Saints then struggled defensively, committing four errors in the inning, to allow Fairfield to come all the way back and force extra innings. Ringnalda reached on a fielding error and Thomas then hit an RBI single to left field and advanced to second on an error.
Four innings went by without a single score. In the twelfth, however, Visone hit the game winning RBI single to right center to give the Stags the lead and ultimately the victory, 8-7.
For the Saints, Boyle led the team with three hits, while Rose and Colleen Price both registered two hits.
Salamino pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on six hits, while striking out five. Her counterpart, Ringnalda, pitched nine innings and gave up eight hits.
Campbell pitched seven strong innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four and Sarah Rose's third inning grand slam provided all the insurance she would need in a 4-2 Saints win.
The Stags took a 2-0 lead to the bottom of the third after scoring single runs in their second and third at bats.
In the bottom of the third, Meghan Woltz, Getz and Jennifer Griner each reached base to set the stage for Rose. Getz had two hits in the game; Griner went 3-for-3. Rose blasted the game-deciding grand slam to centerfield.
Neither team could breakthrough the rest of the way. Tara Hansen suffered the loss for the Stags, falling to 10-6 on the season. Campbell improved to 6-11. Siena out-hit Fairfield 11-6.
The Saints return to action Wednesday at Albany.