Moon Township, PA - The Sacred Heart softball team sits four innings away from its second Northeast Conference championship in three years. The game has been suspended due to darkness with the second-seeded Pioneers leading #3 Quinnipiac, 3-2, entering the top of the fourth inning. Play is scheduled to resume Sunday morning at 9:00 am but with storms continuing to hit the area fans should continue to check www.sacredheartpioneers.com and the NEC softball championship headquarters at www.northeastconference.org for updates.
Sacred Heart (29-19) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an Annie Dreher (Saugus, CA) RBI single to left. Quinnipiac grabbed the advantage with two of tallies on a pair of two out hits.
The Pioneers responded by torching the Bobcats starter, Emily O'Keefe, in the third inning. SHU started the inning with four consecutive hits, including RBI knocks from Dreher and Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) to catapult Sacred Heart back on top, 3-2.
When play resumes the Pioneers will have the 1-2-3 batters due up in the fourth inning. Sacred Heart is currently 2-0 in the tournament while Quinnipiac is 2-1, meaning the Pioneers have two chances to claim the 2011 NEC crown.
Fans can watch all the action live tomorrow (beginning at 9:00 am) by going to www.northeastconference.tv.