May 3, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – Siena softball clinched a berth in the 2014 MAAC Championship Tournament as one of the top six seeds following the sweep of Saint Peter’s Saturday afternoon in Loudonville, N.Y.
Siena (27-23, 12-6) used a big fifth inning to put the Peacock’s away 7-2 in game one and won game two 7-6 in dramatic comeback fashion.
Jessika – Jo Sandrini started in the circle for game one and tossed her 18th complete game and gave up two runs on eight hits while striking out seven to improve her record to 18-10.
The top of their lineup, Stephanie Viggiano and Melanie Kalesse powered Siena’s offense. Viggiano recroded three hits and an RBI and Kalesse had a perfect 4-for-4 performance.
Siena scored four runs in the fifth as Alyssa Lancaster connected on a two-RBI single, scoring Paige Lloyd and Viggiano. Siena scored two more runs in the inning on a sac fly by Abby Carpenter and again on a Peacock’s error.
Saint Peter’s (10-40, 4-14) had two players record two hits each. Nicole Olmedo and Taylor Corretjer combined to go 4-for-7 at the plate.
Game two entered the fourth inning scoreless and then both offenses came to life with all 13 total runs coming after the third inning.
Saint Peter’s broke the game open in the top of the fourth with a 3-run homerun by Crystal Carlucci over the left field fence.
Siena responded with a homerun of its own in the bottom of the inning. Abby Carpenter sent a pitch over the left field wall for her sixth of the year to cut the Peacock’s lead to 3-2.
Siena took the lead briefly in the fifth inning. After loading the bases, Jessika – Jo Sandrini singled home two runs, scoring speedsters Viggiano and Kalesse.
They would go back and forth in the sixth inning with the Peacock’s scoring three and the Saints scoring two in as they entered the seventh inning tied 6-6.
Alyssa Lancaster relieved Edwards with one out in the inning. Lancaster forced a ground out and then struck out Lee Harrison with runners on first and second.
Siena won the game in dramatic fashion. Sandrini reached first on a hit by pitch. Pinch running for Sandrini, Mikaela Searight advanced on a wild pitch to set up the game-winning run when Chelsey Drew singled to left field.
The win helps the Saints clinch one of the six berths in the MAAC Championships next week. The team’s 27 wins guarantee the Saints to finish with an overall record above .500 for the first time in 35 years. Siena finished 16-14-2 in 1979.
Siena will celebrate its lone senior, Jessika – Jo Sandrini tomorrow morning, prior to the start of the Niagara series. The ceremony is expected to start around 11:45 a.m.