FAIRFIELD, CONN. - Siena softball's historic season came to an end this afternoon in Fairfield, Conn. as Manhattan eliminated the Saints 5-4 in nine innings at Alumni Softball Field.
Siena (29-26) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of a walk and consecutive hit-batters to load the bases on Manhattan's Kate Bowen. Chelsey Drew singled up the middle to score Alyssa Lancaster and Jessika-Jo Sandrini.
Manhattan (24-28) scored in the bottom half of the first and later tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Paxson connected on a single up the middle, scoring Bowen. The game remained tied at three until the eighth inning.
Chelsey Drew singled to start off the top of the eighth inning and advanced to third after back-to-back groundouts. Paige Lloyd connected for the clutch hit near the pitcher to score the pinch runner, Chelsea Stout.
The lead did not last long as Manhattan's Vazquez belted a home run over the right center field fence, tying the game at four and forcing another extra inning.
Siena was unable to score, setting up the walk off opportunity for the Jaspers and they converted with two outs. Siena elected to intentionally walk the bases loaded for a force out at any base and Stallard sent a pitch through the middle, securing the win for the Jaspers.
Senior Jessika-Jo Sandrini went the distance for Siena, completing 8.2 innings on 163 pitches. Sandrini has been the workhorse for the team all year as she set individual (20 wins, 167 K's) and career records (55 wins, 483 K's) to list a couple.
The extra inning loss concludes the Saints' season in which they set a new program record for wins in a single season with 29 and earned the programs first win in the MAAC Championships (5/8 vs. Fairfield).