I told you in January that Siena was an up and coming team that might make some noise in 2011. Here we are in the last weekend of the regular season, and the Saints are still in the hunt.
Siena, I believe, has qualified for the MAAC tournament only once in their history. So their doubleheader at home against Iona Saturday is huge for them. To break it down, they must sweep the Gaels to have a chance at qualifying for postseason action. Of course that will not be an easy task, but the fact that they have the opportunity is a big positive for the program. Looking at their previous results, they aren't that far away from having a much better record than their current 6-6. They lost two one run games to Marist; they lost two close games to Fairfield, one in extra innings. They lost big to Manhattan, but also beat them. Same with Canisius, who they actually mercy ruled. So I'm looking for them to be very competitive with the Gaels.
Shannon Jones is having another terrific season, hitting .413 with 9 homers and 40 RBIs. Freshman Jessika-Jo Sandrini has been great in the circle and at the plate. The Saints have also gotten key contributions from all their players. A Siena sweep would make for a very interesting Sunday, but win or lose, the Siena softball program has taken a big step forward.