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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Siena And Manhattan Split Crucial Doubleheader

Siena 14
Manhattan 3 (6)

Manhattan 5
Siena 4 (8)

The Siena Saints and Manhattan Lady Jaspers split a MAAC doubleheader full of post season implications Sunday in Riverdale, NY.

The Saints came out firing in game one, a 14-3 win. They jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning; RBIs by Stephanie Viggiano and Paige Lloyd set up Melanie Kalesse, whose triple drove home two runs, giving Siena the big lead. The Saints got four more runs in the top of the fourth inning with a Paige Lloyd home run; a two RBI double by Jessika-Jo Sandrini; and an RBI single by Alyssa Lancaster. The Lady Jaspers finally got on the board in the bottom of the same inning when Meaghan McDevitt launched a three run homer. But Siena would score six more times in the top of the sixth to end the game early. Meg Volz and Stephanie Viggiano both drove home a pair of runs; Shannon Jones added another RBI. Jessika-Jo Sandrini got the win; Manhattan used four pitchers in the game, to no avail. Everyone in the Siena lineup had at least one hit.

It seemed that game two might follow the same pattern, with Siena taking an early 4-0 lead, but the LJs had fight left in them. An Alyssa Lancaster RBI in the top of the first inning got Siena on the board. In the third inning, Meg Volz lined a pitch over the fence good for three runs, and it looked like another breeze. However, Manhattan began to rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, with RBIs by Katie Bowen and Amanda Babcock halving the Siena lead. The LJs scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game, with Elena Bowman and Amanda Babcock driving home the runs. The teams then went to extra innings, with Manhattan facing elimination from post season contention. The game ended on an unfortunate note. The Saints' second baseman, Stephanie Viggiano, was shaken up in a collision in the bottom of the seventh inning. Outfielder Mandy Ferro moved to the infield as a replacement, and committed an error in the bottom of the eight inning that allowed Katie Bowen to score the winning run, unearned and without a hit in the inning. Tough break for the Saints.

Siena is now 8-4, and they can decide their destiny on the field. Manhattan closes MAAC play at 9-7, and will be looking for help next weekend.

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