Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saints Clinch Berth With Sweep

Alyssa Lancaster had 4 hits in the MAAC doubleheader
Siena 7
Monmouth 3

Siena 9
Monmouth 1 (5)

The Siena Saints swept a MAAC doubleheader Sunday in Loudonville, New York over the Monmouth Hawks, securing themselves a spot in the upcoming MAAC Championship.

The Siena Saints completed a dominant home conference weekend with these wins. Game one did, however, find them trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Hawks had just gotten RBIs from Justene Reyes and Rachel Shotzbarger, overcoming Siena's 1-0 lead which had come as a result of a Paige Lloyd RBI back in the third inning. But the Saints exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth - all of them after two outs had been made against them - to coast to a 7-3 victory. The RBI parade was thus: Stephanie Viggiano, Sammy Smaldone, Abby Carpenter, Paige Hess (2) and Alyssa Lancaster. They were smacking the ball hard too! Amanda Gatt struck out six in earning her second win of the season.

Game two was more of the same, although it didn't last as long, just five innings and a 9-1 Siena win. Sammy Smaldone and Paige Lloyd gave the Saints a third inning 2-0 lead with RBI hits. Vanessa Cardoza drove home a run for the Hawks in the fourth, but then the Saints went through three Monmouth pitchers in the bottom of the fifth, pounding out seven runs. Only the mercy rule ended the onslaught. Stephanie Viggiano both drove home a pair of runs in the inning. Abby Carpenter added another, and Alyssa Lancaster finished the game early with an RBI single. Lauren Butts earned another win, allowing just two hits. She surrendered a measly five for the weekend.

Siena is 11-5, and will participate in their third consecutive MAAC tournament, nice for a program that used to be on the outside looking in. Monmouth is 8-8, and still in the final slot. They have work to do, as Marist is hot on their heels at 7-9. The Hawks will be hosting a Canisius team looking to clinch first place so they can host the tournament, so Monmouth will not be facing a team playing out the string when they next play a conference game.

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