Fractured Hearts in Fairfield
May 6, 2012
Siena softball played its way into MAAC Tournament contention Saturday with a sweep of Marist. However, the Saints fell short of the postseason following a sweep at the hands of Fairfield Sunday, dropping their final two games of 2012 4-3 and 2-0.
Siena (20-30, 8-8 MAAC) fell behind 1-0 in the fourth inning of the opener on an unearned Fairfield run, but took a 3-1 lead on singles by Jessika - Jo Sandrini and Megan Volz in the fifth. Siena then took a 3-1 lead into the sixth, but the Stags, down to their last six outs, rallied.
After a solo home run made the score 3-2, Fairfield tied the score after a pair of two-out infield hits. The game went into extra innings, and Siena's best chance to score came in the eighth. The Saints, though, left two runners on base, and Fairfield won it in the ninth after an infield hit, a sacrifice bunt, and a single up the middle. Sandrini went 4-for-5 and pitched well enough to win, but was ultimately saddled with the loss.
The nightcap saw a great pitcher's duel between Amanda Filippazzo and Rae Ball. Like Sandrini in game one, Filippazzo was solid, yielding just two runs on four hits in what would be her final start for the Green and Gold. Ball, though, held the vaunted Siena offense in check, allowing just three hits.
The Saints posed the biggest threat to a shutout in the fifth. Nastasha Powlowsky singled to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Stephanie Viggiano singled to left field, but Powlowsky was thrown out trying to score what would have been the tying run.
Siena still could have advanced to the MAAC Tournament had Iona swept Marist in New Rochelle. However, the Red Foxes salvaged a split, and finished at 9-7, a game ahead of the Green and Gold.
Sunday's doubleheader was the final one for Siena's class of 2012. The Saints won 20 games for the second consecutive season, tying for the most wins since 2005 and the most victories in league play (eight) since 2003.