|Freshman Lauren Butts tossed a three hitter in game two of sweep|
The Siena Saints swept a MAAC doubleheader over the Rider Broncs Saturday in Loudonville, New York.
The Siena Saints' young pitching duo has shown steady improvement over the course of the season, and Saturday they posted a double shutout. Amanda Gatt was in the circle for game one, and delivered a dominating two hit performance, striking out a dozen Broncs. But the game was scoreless through the first four innings, with Rider's Delany DeMello keeping her team in the contest. The Saints, however, would put up three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the win. Abby Carpenter's two run double and an RBI single off the bat of Paige Hess gave Amanda Gatt more than enough support.
Another dominating pitching performance gave the Saints an easy 7-0 win in game two. Lauren Butts scattered three hits while striking out nine, making sure the Broncs never had a chance. Abby Carpenter and Paige Hess blasted homers for Siena; Paige Lloyd, Stephanie Viggiano and Chelsea Stout added RBIs.
Siena improved to 9-5, and would clinch a spot in the tournament with a Sunday sweep. Rider fell to 4-10 and are mathematically alive, but face elimination Sunday.