May 4, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Caitlin Warren launched a two-run, two-out homerun to left field in the top of the 10th to break a 2-2 tie and give Cornell a doubleheader sweep at Siena Tuesday. The Big Red held on to win the second game by the 4-2 score after earning a 7-3 win in the opener.
The day started promisingly enough for Siena (14-29-1), as freshman Jennifer Griner gave the home team a 1-0 lead with a solo blast to left field in the bottom of the second inning of the first game. Cornell broke threw with three runs in the third off Siena starter Adrian St. Cin, tying the game on Erin Kiser's single to centerfield, and taking the lead as Kristen Landis scored on a wild pitch. Kiser scored the third run following a two out fielding error.
The Saints battled back to tie the game in their half of the frame, as Sarah Rose belted a two-run homerun to right centerfield. That would be all the offense Siena cold muster, as Kristen Landris relieved starter Whitney Smith following the third and allowed just two base runners the rest of the way. Smith improved to 14-3 on the season with four innings of one-hit relief.
Cornell broke the game open with a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings. Landis foul flyout to left field accounted for one of the runs in the fourth, and Lauren May joined with Warren to produce back-to-back homeruns in the fifth to push the lead to its final 7-3 margin. St. Cin and Tisha Salamino combined to limit hot-hitting Cornell to just six hits in seven innings, but the Big Red made the most of their limited opportunities.
Christa Fasano joined Rose and junior Megan Woltz with two hits in a losing effort for Siena.
In the nightcap, two of the region's finest pitchers locked up in a classic pitchers duel that lasted until dusk began to settle in Loudonville. Siena's Tara Campbell and Cornell's Sarah Sterman each went the full 10 innings, striking out five batters apiece while scattering eight and nine hits respectively.
The Big Red broke through first with a solo tally in the fourth inning. Melissa Cannon delivered an RBI single that chased home May to break the ice. Siena took a brief lead in the bottom of the fifth, scoring both its runs of the game on Sarah Rose's clutch two-out double to left centerfield. Cornell quickly tied the game in its next at bat, scoring the equalizer on Beth Price's single to right field.
The two pitchers than buckled down, and did not allow a run until the decisive 10th inning. The rally started innocently enough, as Sweeney grounded out to begin the frame. Kate Varde followed with a double to center, but Campbell appeared on the verge of working out of the jam after getting May to pop to short. Warren got hold of a 1-1 fastball for what turned out to be the game-winning blast.
Siena rounds out its home schedule Thursday at 3:30 p.m. against UAlbany.