Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saints Bomb South Carolina State

Siena 13
S. Carolina St. 4 (5)

Box Score

The Saints exploded for 17 hits and Shannon Jones (pictured) was a perfect 4 for 4 as Siena gained their first win of the 2011 season in Cary, NC Saturday.

Looks like the Saints shook off the winter rust quickly! They took a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to RBIs by Shannon Jones (double) and Natasha Powlowsky (single). Samantha Ray and Shannon Jones scored the runs.

But it was the 2nd inning that saw the Saints unleash. Freshman Jessika-Jo Sandrini had a whole game in that inning. She was 2 for 2, with a homer (the first of her young career), double and 4 RBIs. I wrote in my Siena preview that beside pitching, Jessika-Jo may take a few swings at the plate. Well...maybe she'll be in the hitting lineup every game now. The Saints hit 5 doubles in this inning. Courtney Brinkman, Mandy Ferro, Nastasha Powlowsky, Alyssa Sceppaguercio and Jessika-Jo all hit two baggers! In the inning: Mandy Ferro, 2 RBIs; Samantha Ray, RBI; Alyssa Sceppaguercio, RBI; Courtney Brinkman, RBI; Lyndsey McKeever, RBI. 12 hits, 11 runs in all. Surprisingly, South Carolina State committed only one error.

Amanda Filippazzo cruised along for the victory in this one, allowing only one earned run. Mandy Ferro pitched an inning also. Freshman Samantha Ray was 2 for 2 with an RBI and 2 runs. Courtney Brinkman was 2 for 3 with an RBI and 2 runs. Kirstyn Vaughn was 2 for 3 with a run. The Saints continue Sunday at the Lady Eagles Classic with a pair of games: vs. Youngstown State, and host North Carolina Central.

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