|Senior Beth Kann led the way with 5 RBIs and a circle win|
Siena 0 (5)
The Iona Gaels extended their MAAC wining streak to three games with a doubleheader sweep of the Siena Saints in Loudonville, NY Saturday.
After a prolonged slump earlier in the season, the Iona Gaels are coming together as a team at just the right time. The Gaels were scary good Saturday, twice shutting out powerful Siena in the Saints' back yard. Iona pounded out 21 hits in the sweep. The Gaels struck early in game one when senior Jodi Petersen led off the first inning with a double; Bri Schauer and Beth Kann singled to give Iona a 1-0 lead. Bri made it 2-0 after scoring on a wild pitch, and it could have been more but the Saints threw out two runners at home to keep the score close. The game would remain close until the top of the sixth inning when the Gaels scored three runs on four hits. An RBI single by Jodi Petersen, and a two RBI single by Beth Kann made the final score 5-0. Beth Kann had three RBIs in this game, and was also great in the circle, pitching six innings and scattering three hits, all of them singles. Jessika-Jo Sandrini took the loss for Siena, although she did strike out eight.
The Gaels got off to an even better start in game two, putting up six runs before Siena even came to bat. RBIs by Beth Kann, Allie Hand, Sydney Dimon, Brianna King and a two RBI double by Carly Argyle seemed to demoralize the Saints right off the bat, and they never mounted a comeback. Allie Hand hit a homer in the second inning. Beth Kann drove home her fifth run of the day in the third inning. Sarah Schutz and Katie Jansson added RBIs in the fifth inning, which was the final inning. Carly Argyle got the win, her second of the MAAC season. "Gnarly" Carly held the Saints to three scattered hits.
I think Iona opened the conference season a bit scared because of the long slump they were mired in. They've used that to their advantage to get off to a great start. It was a rough start for Siena, but there's a lot of softball left.