Pioneers Drop Two Decisions in Double Header Slugfest at UConn

Storrs, CT – The SHU softball team totaled 13 runs in two games but was downed 8-4 and 15-9 by a potent UConn offense Tuesday afternoon.  Annie Dreher (Saugus, CA) had a superb day at the plate, going 4-of-7 with four RBI and a homerun.  The Pioneers piled up 17 hits in the double header but the Huskies totaled 25 and were able to hit all four pitchers SHU put in the circle.

UConn (12-10) took advantage of a SHU error in the bottom of the first inning to build an early 2-0 edge.  The Pioneers cut the deficit to 2-1 in the second inning when Carley Rudloff (Queen Creek, AZ) drew a walk, stole a base, and eventually scored on an illegal pitch.  SHU leveled the score at 2-2 in the third as Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) started the frame with a double and Dreher supplied a RBI single.  The Huskies plated one marker in the third inning but blew the game open in the fourth on the strength of a three run homer off the bat of Marissa Guches.

Sacred Heart (10-16) was able to scratch out a pair of unearned runs in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on two of Connecticut's five total errors.  Rudloff notched a RBI single in the inning for the Pioneers.  However, Ali Adleman was able to close the door for the Huskies with three innings of work to pick up her fifth save of 2012. 

The Pioneers cracked the scoreboard first in the second game of the double dip, Kate Nadler (Southbury, CT) and Rudloff started the inning with back-to-back hits.  The pair was bunted into scoring position by Nikki Surkes (Brightwaters, NY) and eventually scored on a two-out single from Melissa Tobin (Hudson, MA).  But the Huskies answered right back with five runs in the bottom half of the frame.

Sacred Heart exploded for five runs in the top of the fourth with the big hit coming in the form of a three run shot over the left-center field fence from Dreher.  Bowins, Surkes, and Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) all had hits during the rally.

However, UConn also found its offense in the fourth, hanging up nine runs and chasing the SHU starter from the contest.  Eight consecutive Huskies reached base, including a two run Amy Vaughan homer.  Sacred Heart refused to go quietly as Sidor belted a two run homer of her own in the top of the sixth, her fifth long ball of 2012, to make it 14-9.  UConn tallied the final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth, an unearned run that closed the scoring on the Huskies' double header sweep.

The Pioneers return to league play this weekend, where they are 3-1, on the road for a matchup with Wagner and a pivotal double header versus Quinnipiac.