Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saints Return With Sunday Split

Siena 3
Sacred Heart 2 (8)

Sacred Heart 3
Siena 2

Game One Box Score
Game Two Box Score

Kayla Kaminsky (pictured) drove home the winning run in extra innings of game one of a doubleheader in Fairfield, CT as Siena split with Sacred Heart.

After a week off, the Siena Saints got back on the field and played a strong pair of games. Jessika-Jo Sandrini was the starter for game one, and pitched the complete game, striking out 6 and shutting out the host team for the final 5 innings. After falling behind 2-0 after 3 innings, the Saints began their comeback. They scored a run in the 4th inning when lead off batter Shannon Jones doubled then was sent home by the next Siena batter, Jessika-Jo Sandrini, who hit a single. The Saints then tied the game in the top of the 7th inning when Alyssa Sceppaguercio led off with a single, was bunted to 2nd base by Lyndsey McKeever, then scored on a throwing error after a Mandy Ferro ground ball. Jessika-Jo retired the Sacred Heart side in the bottom of the 7th inning, then led off the 8th with a single. A Sara Gallacchi grounder moved her to 2nd base; Kayla Kaminsky then drove a single to right field that scored Jessika-Jo for the winning run. The Saints had 9 hits in this game, with Alyssa Sceppaguercio leading the way with a 3 for 4 performance.

The second game of the day was a close one too. Amanda Filippazzo started for the Saints and pitched well, striking out 3. It was the Saints who took the early 2-0 lead in this one. Shannon Jones, who had a 3 for 3 game, opened the scoring with a 3rd inning RBI single that sent Sara Gallacchi home. Sara had singled with 2 outs. After a Jessika-Jo Sandrini single moved Shannon to 3rd base, a wild pitch allowed her free passageway to home and the Saints had the lead. Not for long though, as Sacred Heart came storming back to tie the game in the bottom of the same inning. The Pioneers won the game in the 5th inning after a triple and a throwing error by Shannon Jones.

The Saints will return to action with a single game Thursday at crosstown rival Albany.

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