Loudonville, NY – The SHU softball team came back from down four to pick up a 6-5 victory in game one of a double header against Siena before falling to the Saints 7-0 in game two. Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) and Kate Nadler (Southbury, CT) both tallied two-run hits to knot the game 4-4 in the fifth inning. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) smashed a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth as well as earning the win in the pitching circle.
Siena (7-16) cracked the scoreboard first in the third inning with a solo homer off the bat of Alyssa Sceppaguerci. The home team pushed the cushion to 4-0 in the second inning, taking advantage of a SHU error to plate a pair of unearned runs. The Pioneers rallied with two outs in the fifth frame as Tsipouras laced a double with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to 4-2. Nadler followed with a clutch single that made it a new ball game at 4-4.
Sacred Heart (12-20) would be trailing again when they came to bat in the sixth following a RBI triple from Siena's Shannon Jones. The Pioneers managed another two out rally as Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) put herself in scoring position with a double. Sidor showed off her power with an opposite field homerun, her team leading sixth long ball of 2012, to propel Sacred Heart to its first lead of the game. Sidor slammed the door shot in the bottom of the seventh by striking out the side to seal SHU's 6-5 triumph.
The Saints jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the first inning of game two after three straight RBI hits from Nastasha Powlowsky, Samantha Ray, and Sceppaguerci. Jones made it a 6-0 edge with a two-run homer in the second frame. Sacred Heart had its chances to cut into the lead but was unable to scratch out a run, stranding ten total baserunners. Siena pitcher Jessika-Jo Sandrini went the distance in the shutout as the Saints forced a split by taking game two, 7-0.
The SHU softball team will have its first home game of 2012 this Friday in a double header against NEC foe Fairleigh Dickinson. The double header will be contested at Fairfield University as the final touches are being put on the newly renovated Pioneer Park. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.