Friday, February 26, 2016

Saints Sweep The Day

Siena's Chelsey Drew had a big day Friday
The MAAC softball season really got rolling Friday with seven teams in action on fields across the country.

Last year at the beginning of the 2015 season, the Siena Saints played well, but always came up short, losing their first eleven games in frustrating fashion. The beginning of this season is proving to be a different story however, as the Saints are now finding ways to win, or holding on for wins late in games. They won another two games Friday, "sealing the deal" in two one run games. They stormed to a 6-1 lead vs. Delaware in their first game, holding on to win 6-5. Chelsey Drew drove home three runs with a double and single. Sammy Smaldone smacked two doubles, driving home a run herself. Alyssa Lancaster also registered an RBI. Junior Danielle Cacciola, who the Saints need to step up her game in the pitching circle, has been doing so, earning a win to improve to 2-1. Lauren Butts got a save, shutting down a late Blue Hen rally.

The Saints played tournament host Florida International later in the day, and beat them 5-4. Lauren Butts started this contest, getting the complete game win. She stranded FIU's potential tying run on second base in the seventh inning to end the game. Chelsey Drew was 1 for 1 in this one, giving her three hits for the day. The Siena freshmen are showing themselves to be instant contributors to the team: Mady Cossack had a big game, hitting 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs. Claire McNamara drove home a run also, and executed a perfect double steal with Jess Volmer, who scored on the play.

Elsewhere in the MAAC:

Quinnipiac has been playing good softball this young season, splitting a pair of games on Friday. They beat Buffalo 3-1 behind Sydney Robey's four hit pitching performance. The senior has an ERA of 1.44 thus far this season. Keilani Finley hit 2 for 3 in the win, with a double and RBI. QU fell behind 4-0 in their second game, vs. Rhode Island, but nearly pulled of a comeback after a sixth inning, three run home run by freshman Erin Larsen.

Defending champ Fairfield opened their season with a 5-2 loss to Butler. Tori Reed's third inning double had given the Stags a 2-0 lead, but they could not hold it, although they would have a few good opportunities to tie the game. Canisius dropped two error filled games; first 8-2 to Appalachian State, then 5-1 to Brown. Meghan Cuda did homer in game one. Rider dropped their first two games of the season. After storming out of the gate vs. Wagner, and taking a 4-1 lead, they allowed the game's final 13 runs in a 14-4 loss. They also dropped an 8-0 game to Appalachian State. St. Peter's began their season with a 10-2 loss to San Diego, but three of their freshmen pitchers did well in relief after a seven run first inning by USD. Iona opened their season with the return of Carly Argyle vs. Lehigh, and she pitched very well through a regulation seven innings. But the game remained 1-1; Iona had a chance to win in the bottom of the eight inning, but could not push a runner home from third base. They lost 8-2 in nine innings. They also dropped a 6-3 decision to tournament host Greensboro.

Fifteen games will be on tap for Saturday!

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