Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sensational Pitching Gives Saints A Sweep

Amanda Filippazzo one hit the powerful Purple Eagles

Siena 4
Niagara 1

Siena 4
Niagara 0

Game One Box Score
Game One Box Score

Great pitching and timely hitting gave Siena a stunning doubleheader sweep of the Purple Eagles Saturday in Niagara Falls, NY.

This was a critical doubleheader for both teams; Siena is in a must win situation every game they play, and Niagara was trying to stay in the pack. Game one featured two of the MAAC's best freshmen pitchers---Kim Bryson of Niagara and Jessika-Jo Sandrini of Siena. Kim started out strongly, striking out 5 Saints in the game's first two innings. But Siena finally broke through in the 3rd. Once again, Jessika-Jo Sandrini got things going, opening with a walk (the first of 5 for her day, does she know how to get on base or what?). Samantha Ray sacrificed her to 2nd base, then after Shannon Jones walked, Mandy Ferro singled Jessika-Jo home to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. They would go on to score a run in each of the next three innings before Niagara responded. In the 4th, Lyndsey McKeever singled home a run; in the 5th, Shannon Jones smashed a solo homer over the center field fence; in the 6th, Shannon Jones singled home another run, and Siena was up 4-0. In the meantime, Jessika-Jo was busy mowing down Purple Eagles one by one, allowing only 2 hits until the MAAC's leading home run hitter, Becky Zill, launched one over the center field fence. But by then, it mattered little. Niagara would not come back in this one.

In game two, the Saints took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning, courtesy of doubles off the bats of Shannon Jones and Mandy Ferro. They upped their lead to 3-0 in the next inning when Lyndsey McKeever doubled home Natasha Powlowsky. The Saints went up 4-0 when Shannon Jones hit a sacrifice fly that produced her 4th RBI of the day, and certainly clinched another season of All-MAAC status. While all this was happening, junior Amanda Filippazzo was pitching the game of her life, one hitting the top batting team in the MAAC, a team that had suddenly found themselves desperate for a win. Consider this: Amanda neutralized Niagara's power trio of Teresa Healy, Becky Zill and Jen Hare, laying an 0 for 9 on them on their home field. Amanda did not allow a hit in this game until the 6th inning. With her great performance, she kept the Saints alive this season, and picked up her 6th win of the season. These two losses were tough for Niagara, but they are still in the hunt, and will host Marist on Sunday.

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