Extra! Extra! Heartbroken Saints Eliminated From MAAC Tournament
May 9, 2003
The Siena College softball team (14-23) can take some solace in their first MAAC Tournament appearance in nearly a decade-they gained more experience than they may have expected had they advanced to the Championship Round. Nearly 25 Innings after they began play this morning against top-seeded Fairfield, the Saints were eliminated from the Championships by second seed Saint Peter's College (24-15), 4-1 in 13 innings.
The second epic contest of the day echoed the first in that starting pitching was dominant. The Saints jumped on the Peacocks for a run in their first at bat, after Carrie Getz, who led off the game with one of her three hits, came around to score on an Adrian St. Cin single. Siena left runners stranded at the corners with just one out, however, their first of several costly missed opportunities.
St. Cin started for the Saints and went four innings, allowing just one unearned run in the fourth inning. Saint Peter's scored the equalizer on an RBI double that followed a throwing error.
Sophomore Tisha Salamino replaced St. Cin and matched zeroes with the Peacock staff for the next eight innings. The Saints best opportunity may have come in the home half of the 12th, when their first two runners reached base, but the lead runner was picked off by the catcher.
Saint Peter's closed the door in their next at bat, touching Salamino for three runs. Candace Winder drove home the eventual game-winner (her second RBI of the day) with a one-out triple to right centerfield.
The loss marks the end of the 2003 campaign for the much-improved Saints, who boasted a school-record 10 league wins and became the first team in program history to qualify for the four-team MAAC Championship.