May 4, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena softball will be the number four seed in this week's MAAC Tournament after splitting the series with Niagara Sunday afternoon in Loudonville, N.Y. The Saints took game one 8-0 and dropped game two 4-3 in eight innings.
Siena will play the fifth seeded Monmouth Hawks this Wednesday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Alumni Softball Field on the campus of Fairfield University.
Siena split their regular season series with Monmouth on April 6. Monmouth earned the comeback win in game one to win 4-2 and the Saints won game two 7-2.
Prior to game one, the softball program took the opportunity to honor one of the program's best players, senior Jessika-Jo Sandrini. Sandrini will finish her career as the Saints' All-Time leader in wins (55), strikeouts (469) and is one complete game away from tying the program record of 65. Sandrini set individual records with 19 wins and 150 strikeouts this year.
Siena's offense took care of business in game one, tallying 11 hits for eight runs as they defeated Niagara 8-0 in five innings. Sandrini tossed her 19th complete game of the season, striking out three.
Alyssa Lancaster led the charge with a team high four RBI's on two hits. Lancaster smacked a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first to get the Saints on the board early.
Lancaster drove in two more RBI's on a single to left field in the Siena 3-run fourth inning to secure the 8-0 win, scoring Melanie Kalesse and Paige Lloyd.
Siena got on the board first in game two in the second inning behind an RBI double by Paige Lloyd. Lloyd sent the pitch to left center field, scoring Bridget Connors for the 1-0 lead.
Siena took a one run lead into the top of the seventh inning as Niagara completed the comeback behind the bat of VanGiesen. VanGiesen ripped a liner passed Abby Carpenter
, scoring Ortega
Siena was unable to convert on a lead off single by Stephanie Viggiano in the bottom of the seventh. Niagara's Rachel Ziarnowski sent the winning hit up the middle to score Katelyn Gruarin. Once again, Siena was unable to convert, dropping game two 4-3.
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