Albany Sweeps Siena Softball on Senior Day
May 6, 2004
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y - Jen Nolette's RBI single through the left side of Siena's drawn in infield drove home the go-ahead run and triggered a four-run outburst in the top of the seventh inning, helping Albany complete a doubleheader sweep of Siena with a 5-1 win in the backend. The Great Danes rode the strong right arm of senior Andee Lindgren to a 4-1 triumph in the opener.
Both games featured solid pitching in the beginning innings, as Siena (14-31-1) broke a scoreless tie with the day's first run in the bottom of the third inning of the opener. Jennifer Griner began the frame with a bunt single, and came around to score on a ground ball to third base off the bat of teammate Sarah Rose. Siena's lone tally of the day was unearned, as the Great Danes committed two errors in the inning.
Albany (33-15) touched Siena starter Tisha Salamino for four runs in the fourth inning, ultimately chasing her from the game. Three of the runs were unearned, though the Danes bats awoke to the tune of six hits in the inning. Julie Gannon, Liz Wieboldt and Maegan Larsen each recorded key RBI singles in what turned out to be the decisive at bat of the game. Sophomore standout Tara Campbell relieved Salamino with two outs and retired the final 10 Albany batters in order, but the damage had been done.
Siena mounted a mild rally off reliever Daniel Buyea in the sixth as Campbell led off with a single and pinch runner Carla Fedele was promptly advanced to second, but she would go no further. Ogden picked up two hits in the game for the visitors, Woltz had the other knock for Siena.
Albany took the lead in the nightcap in the second inning, scoring a run without the benefit of a hit off starter Adrian St. Cin. St. Cin walked Lindgren, who improved to 18-2 with the victory in game one, and Ashley Rios to start the inning and Julie Gannon advanced the pair a base with a well-executed sacrifice. Ali Mecham's fly ball to center field broke the scoreless tie.
St. Cin matched zeros with Albany's Laura Gremillion and Carisa Marcucci until Siena scored the equalizer in the home half of the sixth. Senior Veronica Arredondo came through wit a well-hit sacrifice fly to center field that scored Jamie Walker to know the game 1-1. Walker led off with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on Norah Haddad's sacrifice bunt.
The lead was short lived, as the Great Danes broke through with the four runs in the seventh. Ogden followed Nolette with an RBI single of her own, and Rios delivered a single that scored the final two runs of the day accounting for the final 5-1 score.