May 9, 2003
Siena freshman Tara Campbell locked horns with MAAC Pitcher of the Year Melissa Santos in a pitching duel for the ages that ended 2:45 minutes after it started with a single tally in Fairfield's at bat in the home half of the 12th inning. Maria DiPilato slashed the winning hit just under the glove of Siena first baseman Adrian St. Cin and into right field, chasing home Shannon Logan with two outs.
Santos lived up to the Pitcher of the Year Award she received earlier in the day with a complete game five hitter. She stuck out 11 Saints and walked just two in her 12 innings of work. Campbell, however, was equally dominant, going the distance and fanning nine Stags. She retired 14 straight Fairfield batters following a leadoff single.
Siena mounted its most serious rally in the top of the sixth, as Carrie Getz reached on a one-out single to centerfield. She advanced to send on a wild pitch, and Veronica Arredondo followed with an infield hit. The duo advanced a base on Sarah Rose's sacrifice bunt, but St. Cin fouled out to the catcher to end the chance.
Fairfield's also threatened in the sixth, placing runners at the corners with just one out. Siena took advantage of a daring double-steal attempt, however, to nail MAAC Player of the Year Ellen Sarosy at the plate and squelch the rally.
The pitching took over in the extra innings, and although Siena managed a base runner in its final four at bats, neither team mounted a serious scoring opportunity.
The decisive 12th frame started innocently enough, as Campbell the first two batters. Shannon Logan beat out a soft ground ball to short to start the rally and Brie Zimmerman followed with a single to right field preceding Maria DiPilato game-winner.
Siena will now play the loser of the second game, featuring Rider and Saint Peter's, at approximately 5 p.m. this evening in the double-elimination championships. That game, along with any ensuing Siena games will be broadcast live on SienaSaints.com.