Softball Fights Back for Split with UAlbany
May 4, 2005
The Siena softball team scored three runs in the fourth inning and held off UAlbany 3-2 in the second half of a doubleheader at Albany Field Wednesday night. The Great Danes took the opener 2-0, as Amanda Morin fired a five-hit shutout.
"This was a great win for our program," head coach Peejay Brun said following the split. "It's the first time we've beaten UAlbany since I've been here, and our young kids really played with a lot of energy and confidence."
Albany (29-12) scored single runs in the first and second inning which proved to be more than enough, as head coach Chris Cannata earned her 300th career win.
The Great Danes manufactured a run in the first as Maegan Larsen walked to start the inning and moved all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt. She scored on Ashley Rios' sacrifice fly. Leslie Busch doubled home the second run in the second.
Freshman Jennifer Granato was 2-for-2 at the plate for Siena in a losing effort. The Saints never had a runner reach third base. Katrina Dunning had two hits for UAlbany.
Tisha Salamino had one of her best outings of the season in the circle, as the Saints made their three fourth inning runs hold up. Albany struck first, as Larsen homered off Salamino in the home half of the third.
Christa Fasano began Siena's rally with a sharp single to center to leadoff the fourth. Landini singled pinch runner Carrie Getz to second, and Colleen Price then reached on a fielding error to load the bases. Caitlin Fairclough delivered the game's biggest blow, singling through the left side of the infield to plate two runs and give Siena the 2-1 lead. Jamie Walker's sacrifice fly accounted for the inning's final run. Walker had two hits for the Saints
Albany threatened in the fourth, but Salamino got Busch to fly out with two runners on and two out. Campbell came in to relieve Salamino, and earn her first save, in the sixth. She worked out of trouble in the seventh after allowing Kelly Ogden's RBI double, as she struck out Rios to end the game.
Siena finishes its regular-season at Manhattan and Saint Peter's this weekend.