Softball Ends Season With Split at Manhattan
May 8, 2005
Junior Tara Campbell pitched a five-hit shutout in the second half of Siena's season-ending doubleheader with Manhattan Sunday, helping the Saints earn a split with the Jaspers. Manhattan rallied from a 5-0 deficit, scoring 11 unanswered runs to win the opener 11-5. Siena scored a run in the first to win the backend 1-0.
Siena (Final Record: 22-27/6-9) scored three runs in its first at bat to take the early lead. Carrie Getz and Jennifer Granato walked to bring up cleanup hitter Sarah Rose with one out. Rose delivered a double to right centerfield, scoring two runs. She came around to score on Lisa DiBlasi's two-out RBI single. Rose finished the season with a .407 batting average--the third highest in program history. The Saints crushed their previous team batting average mark, finishing the year with a .297 batting average.
The Saints added to their lead with single runs in the third and fourth innings. Rose scored her second run of the game ona fielding error after reaching with a leadoff single. In the fourth, she singled home teammate Megan Woltz to put the visitors on top 5-0.
Rose finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Getz was 3-for-3 with a run.
Manhattan broke through for four runs in the fourth, and then took control of the game with five in the fifth. In the fourth, Liz Strein led off the inning with bunt single to break up Tisha Salamino's perfect game, and came around to score on a double by Stefanie Gozdziewski. Jennifer McCracken followed with a RBI single to bring home Gozdziewski, before Candice Sheridan belted a two-run homer, the first of her collegiate career, to bring the Lady Jaspers within one, 5-4.
The Manhattan bats stayed red hot in the fifth, scoring five times on four hits, taking advantage of three Siena errors. Gozdziewski plated Kerry Cook with an RBI sacrifice fly to begin the scoring before McCracken drove home Strein with an RBI single. After a Sheridan walk, Kiera Fox connected on her MAAC leading 16th round tripper, scoring McCracken and Sheridan to give Manhattan a 9-5 lead.
The Lady Jaspers continued the hit parade in the sixth, as Cook scored on a Siena error, and Fox plated Gozdziewski with a single to provide the final margin of 11-5.
Kristin Gelsleichter earned her third win of the season with three innings of one-hit ball in relief.
In the second game, Siena scored the game's only run in the top of the first. Getz led off the game with a bunt single, and was sacrificed to second by Jen Griner. Getz advanced to third on a wild pitch, and came home to score on a Tara Campbell sacrifice fly.
Manhattan threatened in the second, as Fox hit a one-out triple, but was stranded at third, again in the fourth, as McCracken reached second with one out, and once more in the sixth. In the sixth, Strein led off the inning with a bunt single, and advanced to second when McCracken singled with one out. A wild pitch put runners on second and third with two outs, before Siena pitched around Fox to load the bases. Unfortunately, the Lady Jaspers could not score the equalizer.
Gelsleichter went the distance for Manhattan, allowing just one run on three hits, but Campbell scattered five hits, allowing no runs with seven strikeouts to pick up her seventh win.
The Saints enjoyed a record setting season offensively, and had several individual benchmarks surpassed during the 2005 campaign. The team finished the season two games behind Manhattan and Marist who ended in a fourth place tie. Siena was predicted to finish sixth in the coaches' preseason poll. The 22 wins also marked the most in program history.