Saturday, April 21, 2012

Saints Take First With Sweep Of Niagara

The MAAC's top two hitters try to figure out how many games in a row they've won, but have run out of fingers!

Siena 6
Niagara 1

Siena 2
Niagara 0

The Siena Saints won their 11th consecutive game Friday when they swept Niagara at Loudonville, NY in a conference doubleheader.

In watching the explosion of the Siena Saints' offense, overlooked is the fact that their pitchers' ERAs are shrinking rapidly. Jessika-Jo Sandrini threw a three hitter, and Amanda Filippazzo threw a one hitter in this MAAC sweep. Jessika-Jo got it going first at the plate when in the first inning she doubled home Mandy Ferro, who had led off with a two bagger. The Purple Eagles would tie the game though with Jen Hare's fourth inning RBI single. The tie didn't last long. Kayla Kaminsky singled home Nastasha Powlowsky in the bottom of the same inning to retake the lead. Then Jessika -Jo Sandrini drilled a two out shot to left in the fifth to put the game out of reach. Siena added a pair of runs in the sixth inning, while J-J in the circle was striking out eight Purple Eagles in shutting the door. Julie DiMatteo took the loss for Niagara.

Game two featured excellent pitching. Niagara's Kim Bryson tied a school record with 15 strikeouts, besting own personal record of 14 set a few days earlier against Fairfield. Siena was able to get to her in the fourth inning with doubles by Nastasha Powlowsky and Meg Volz which turned into two runs thanks in part to a Niagara error. Siena's senior Amanda Filippazzo was nearly unhittable, so those runs easily stood. Amanda pitched with perfect control, walking no one while striking out five.

With the wins, Siena improved to 6-2, and is in possession of first place at the moment. Niagara fell to 2-4, and will play at Marist Saturday.

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