|Shannon Jones drove home all 5 Siena runs in game one|
The Siena Saints swept an important pair of MAAC games from the Niagara Purple Eagles Monday in Lewiston, NY.
Senior Shannon Jones stepped up for the Saints in game one, opening the scoring in the third inning by doubling home Meg Volz and Melanie Kalesse. She really made a statement in the fifth inning of the still close game when she launched a pitch over the fence with two runners on, giving Siena a 5-0 lead. The Purple Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the same inning, thanks to RBI singles by Katie Gruarin and Alexis Wayne, but they would get no closer in the 5-2 loss. Jessika-Jo Sandrini got the win in perhaps her best pitching performance of the season, striking out five. Jen Sansano took the loss, in spite of a 10 strikeout performance. Alexis Wayne was 3 for 4 for Niagara.
The Saints got on the board first in game two when Paige Lloyd hit a solo homer in the second inning. This seemed to motivate Niagara, who put up three runs in the bottom of the second, with RBIs coming from Aileen Hinton and Becca Saggiomo. The Saints pulled to within 3-2 in the top of the third inning with Meg Vilz's RBI single, then exploded for a six run fourth. In that inning, Melanie Kalesse singled home a run; then a bases loaded single by Jessika-Jo Sandrini scored two more. Meg Volz, Paige Lloyd and Stephanie Viggiano added RBIs to give Siena an 8-3 lead. Stephanie Viggiano and Paige Lloyd RBIs extended that lead to 10-3 in the sixth inning. Niagara tried to make a late rally, but it was too little, too late, and the Saints had the MAAC sweep. Alyssa Lancaster got the win; Sydney Smyers took the loss after entering the game early when the Saints knocked starter Kim Bryson out of the game. Mandy Ferro, Meg Volz and Paige Lloyd each had three hits for the Saints. Meg and Paige had thee RBIs each. Brittany Richberg had three hits for the Purple Eagles. Siena improved to 2-2 in the MAAC; Niagara fell to 1-5.