|Paige Lloyd delivered the winning hit|
The Siena Saints eliminated the Iona Gaels Thursday in Buffalo, NY, and will move on to play on Friday at the MAAC Championship.
Siena's Amanda Gatt and Iona's Christine Costello both pitched very well in this game, which was scoreless heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. The Saints hadn't had a base runner for four innings when Stephanie Viggiano tripled to deep center. Then with two outs, Paige Lloyd sent a towering blast over the left center field fence, and suddenly Siena was in front 2-0. The Gaels did mount a comeback in the top of the seventh inning, with Courtney Miller driving home a run to halve the Saints' lead. But Amanda Gatt struck out Tori Danner to end the game.
Siena moves on to survival mode Friday, when they will play Manhattan in an elimination game. Iona saw their season end.