Baltimore, MD – The SHU softball team tallied a pair of victories at the UMBC Spring Classic by defeating co-host Coppin State as well as NEC member Mount St. Mary's. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) continued to rack up the strikeouts as she rung up ten Eagles to earn the win in the pitching circle. The Pioneers were able to pile on 12 runs against the Mountaineers to pick up the run-rule triumph in five innings, 12-4.
Sacred Heart (7-12) saw its ace start the day with three consecutive perfect innings as the Pioneers and Coppin State were scoreless heading into the top of the fourth. SHU cracked the scoreboard first as Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, CA) led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a groundout. Freshman Kate Nadler (Southbury, CT) supplied a RBI single as the Pioneers 7-8-9 hitters all drove in a run.
The two sides were level at 1-1 in the top of the sixth when Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) started the inning with a walk. Nadler extended the frame with a two-out single and Nikki Surkes (Brightwaters, NY) immediately followed with a RBI knock to make it 2-1. Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) pushed the edge to 3-1 with a single of her own to plate Nadler. That would supply enough cushion for Sidor as the junior cruised down the stretch to earn her sixth victory of the year. Sidor now has 74 K's in 66.1 innings pitched in 2012.
The Pioneers took advantage of key errors from Mount St. Mary's by scoring nine unearned runs in a 12-4 rout. The damage was done early as a two-out Mountaineer miscue allowed a run to score and kept the bases loaded. Sidor brought home a run with a RBI walk and Jade Bowins (Frederick, MD) scored another on a bunt single. Tsipouras deposited a two-run single into left center field to make it 6-0 and another MSM error moved the score to 8-0. Carley Rudloff (Queen Creek, AZ) rounded out the scoring in an inning in which SHU sent 14 batters to the plate with a RBI single to center.
Tsipouras got the start in the circle for the Pioneers and went 4.2 innings to pick up the win, striking out five while allowing six hits and four runs. Bowins and Tsipouras each drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth to move the margin to 12-4 and end the contest via the run rule. The Pioneers will matchup with the Mountaineers next week, on the road, in games that will count towards conference records.
The Sacred Heart softball team rounds out the UMBC Spring Classic tomorrow against Georgetown at 10:30 am.