Fairfield, CT – The SHU softball team finished a season sweep of cross-town rival Fairfield University with a 3-2 victory Tuesday afternoon. Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with a RBI single. Taylor Lane (Lisbon, CT) earned her third win of the season in the pitching circle with 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Fairfield (24-23) threatened in the top of the first and loaded the bases on a Kristen Filicia single followed by a pair of walks issued to Lauren Liseth and Alli Wigand. Tsipouras, the SHU starting pitcher, worked out of the jam by striking out Rae Ball and inducing a fly out from Kimi Kurata to end the inning.
Sacred Heart (18-30) put together four straight hits in its half of the first frame to take a 2-0 lead. Jade Bowins (Frederick, MD) singled up the middle to start the rally and scored on Kate Nadler's (Southbury, CT) double down the left field line. Tsipouras posted an opposite field single to put runners at the corners and Annie Dreher (Saugus, CA) singled through the left side to make it 2-0.
The Stags chased Tsipouras from the game in the fifth inning after back-to-back one out singles. Lane retired the first batter she faced but during the at-bat Liseth stole second to put the tying run in scoring position. Fairfield then caught a break as Ball hit a bloop single into shallow left field that knotted the game at 2-2.
The Pioneers immediately responded in their half of the fifth as Bowins slashed a one out single and advanced to second following a wild pitch. Tsipouras came through with two outs and ripped a single into left field. Bowins was able to beat the play at the plate and slid in safely to regain the lead for SHU, 3-2.
Lane retired the final five batters she faced to end the game and snap the Pioneers five game losing streak. Melissa Tobin (Hudson, MA) made a great play in the seventh inning as the second baseman made a diving stop and threw from her knees to retire Wigand.
The SHU softball team returns to action tomorrow for a non-conference double header against Stony Brook. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.