Norfolk St. 3
Norfolk St. 2
The Siena Saints swept a doubleheader over the Norfolk St. Spartans in Norfolk, VA Saturday, pounding out 19 runs and 28 hits in the process.
Through their first eleven games, it seemed like the Siena Saints had forgotten how to win. They had plenty of chances; but they could never quite close. On Saturday, they started hitting and decided it would be a good idea not to stop until the final out was recorded. They fell behind early in game one, 1-0 in the first inning, but from then on they powered ahead and never looked back. Senior Paige Lloyd led the way with two home run blasts. Abby Carpenter also hit one out of Norfolk's nice ball park, and drove home four runs. Sammy Smaldone joined the party with a homer of her own, plus a double and three RBIs. The Saints had 13 hits in the game; Paige and Stephanie Viggiano with three apiece. Lauren Butts earned her first collegiate victory with a seven strikeout performance in the 10-3 win.
Game two saw the Saints jump to a quick 4-0 lead. This time it was a 15 hit onslaught. Sammy Smaldone had another big performance at the plate, driving home another three runs. Paige Lloyd had another three hit game, to raise her season's average to over .400. Melanie Kalesse had three hits, and scored as many times. Abby Carpenter drove home two runs, giving her six RBIs for the day. Stephanie Viggiano also drove home a pair of runs. One gets the feeling that the Saints have seen the light for 2015 - keep the offense cranking no matter the score. The final in this one was 9-2, with Amanda Gatt earning her first win in a Siena uniform behind six strikeouts.
The two teams will play another game in Norfolk on Sunday.