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Monday, April 15, 2013

Saints Sweep Niagara; Get Back In Race

Shannon Jones drove home all 5 Siena runs in game one
Siena 5
Niagara 2

Siena 10
Niagara 7

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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened with the NU coach? Don't think she's coach the last few games.

WNY Softball said...

No comment. Maybe after the season...

Anonymous said...

does anyone know what happened to the Siena coaches? They haven't been there all year. They fail to get the full potential out of a talented group. What do they think this is rec ball? I am amazed at how juvenile they act. They are more interested in tweets than instuction,development and motivation.

Anonymous said...

Siena coach is missing in action along with the Niagara coach. This is just insane! You're right, too much twitter and not enough focus on these great athletes! What a waste.

WNY Softball said...

I don't know what you folks are talking about concerning Siena's coaching, but the Saints have an excellent opportunity this weekend with four conference games. Let's see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Why did you put up and then take down the comments about Niagara and canisius. This horrible atmosphere with continue until it is brought to the attention of the public.

WNY Softball said...

If you want to pay for my lawyer, I'll put them back up!

Niagara University is investigating the situation. And everybody involved is entitled to due process.

WNY Softball said...

One more thing, I was very aware of the situation coach Chan had at a previous school. I was aware of this before her hiring was announced. I am also aware that in that situation, she was retained, and the players involved were released. Does that pertain to the current situation?
I have no idea.

Anonymous said...

So there was a situation with coach Chan? It will eventually come out as everyone is already aware she is not coaching because no one has seen her around in games.

WNY Softball said...

If you want to post accusations like that, you'll have to use your name to do it.