Pioneers Take Two Tight Games at Mount St. Mary’s

Nicole Sidor earned a win and a save in the pitching circle Sunday versus Mount St. Mary's

Emmitsburg, MD – The Sacred Heart softball team edged Mount St. Mary's in a pair of one-run contests Sunday afternoon.  Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) tossed a complete game shutout in the front end of the double header before closing out game two with three stellar innings to earn the save.  Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA) plated the only run in the first game with a RBI single in the sixth.  Freshman Kate Nadler (Southbury, CT) was the hero in the second game, popping her first collegiate homerun in the fourth inning to supply what would the game winning run.

Sacred Heart (10-14, 3-1 NEC) made just one error in the first game but it would force Sidor to work out of a bases loaded, one out, jam.  The right hander recorded one of her eight strikeouts for the second out and stranded the Mountaineers three base runners with a fly out to center field. 

Mount St. Mary's (7-20, 1-3 NEC) was unable to capitalize on a superb pitching performance from Nicole Pagano, who went the distance while allowing just one run.  Annie Dreher (Saugus, CA) started the inning that would push across the only marker of the contest with a double to left center field in the top of the sixth.  Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) followed Dreher with a single to right and Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, CA) laid down a bunt to put runners at second and third.  Rudloff lifted a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Dreher to cross the plate.  That would be enough of a cushion for Sidor as she retired the Mount in order in the final two innings to secure the victory.

The Pioneers manufactured the first run of the second game in the third inning as Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) sat at third and Jade Bowins (Frederick, MD) occupied first.  Bowins took off from first and the Mount catcher through the ball away to allow Garza to scamper home.  Nadler extended the advantage to 2-0 in the fourth with a solo shot to left center.

The Mount chased SHU starter Kacie Wentworth (Canton, NY) from the game after loading the bases with no outs in the fourth.  Taylor Lane (Lisbon, CT) came out of the bullpen for the Pioneers and retired the first two hitters she faced before a walk allowed Mount St. Mary's lone run of the day.  However, Lane got the final out with a groundball to first base to limit the damage.

Lane ended up with the victory, her first of 2012, as Sidor closed the door with three scoreless innings of relief to earn her first save of the year.  The Pioneers two victories move them to 4-2 on the season in games decided by one run.  After the first weekend of NEC play SHU is guaranteed at least a share of first-place with a 3-1 record.

Sacred Heart is back in action Wednesday, March 28 for a non-conference game on the road against UConn.