LOUDONVILLE, N.Y --Amanda Ulzheimer picked up three more hits in a pair of games on Sunday afternoon but the Fairfield University softball team still dropped a pair of games to Siena College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) doubleheader. The Saints won the opener by a 10-2 score and the nightcap by an 11-3 margin.
The Saints scored a run in each of the first two innings, beginning with a leadoff home run by Brooke Taylor. In the second inning, the Saints earned a leadoff walk by Loryn DeFalco. She advanced to second base on a ground out and took third on an infield single. Patricia Kalesse sent DeFalco home with a grounder to the right side to double the advantage, 2-0.
Fairfield tied the score in the top of the fifth inning with a pair of runs as Makenna DiGuilio opened the inning with a double. Kristen Ball sent her to second base with a ground out, which Rachel Sieber followed with a ball back to the pitcher. Ulzheimer reached on a walk and eventually scored on the front end of a wild pitch that made the score 2-2.
Siena put the game out of reach with eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, using four extra base hits to bring home most of the runs. Paige Hess provided the decisive hit, a grand slam that closed out the scoring.
In the second game, Siena collected a pair of runs in the bottom of the first which included another leadoff home run from Taylor. Fairfield cut the lead in half with a run in the second inning which was set up after Alisha Marshall and Gianna Kinhofer walked. Angelina McGuire brought the run home with a double to make the score 2-1.
Siena added five more runs to its total in the third inning, using four hits in the frame to push the advantage to 7-1. Fairfield scored twice in the fifth inning when Courtney Hankins drilled a single that chased home Ulzheimer and DiGuilio. The Saints added two more runs in the fifth and sixth innings to end the game at 11-3.
Fairfield returns home for its next game, hosting Army West Point on Wednesday beginning at 3 pm.