2013 Softball News

August 21, 2013
Sacred Heart Welcomes Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club
Fairfield, CT – The Pitt Center opened up its doors last week to the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls club for their 8th annual trip to Sacred Heart University. The Boys and Girls club is based out of Ogdensburg, New York and has been visiting Sacred Heart since 2006.

June 26, 2013
Former SHU Softball Coach Allyson Rioux Inducted into Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame
Former Sacred Heart softball coach Allyson Rioux will be inducted into the Fairfield Country Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday afternoon at a press conference at UConn Stamford's campus.

June 5, 2013
Softball and Women's Track and Field Win NEC Sportsmanship Awards
The Northeast Conference announced the Sacred Heart Softball and Women’s Track and Field teams as the winners of the 2013 Northeast Conference Spring Team Sportsmanship Award for their respective sports Wednesday afternoon.

May 16, 2013
Nicole Sidor Receives NFCA All-Region Team Honor
Sacred Heart Softball senior Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, British Columbia) was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Northeast All-Regional Second Team Thursday morning as the utility player.

May 5, 2013
Pioneer Softball Drops Both Games in Season Finale
The Sacred Heart Softball team dropped both games of the 2013 season finale doubleheader against Robert Morris Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers managed just two runs on the day, falling 9-1 in both games. SHU finishes its 2013 campaign 25-30 and 6-15 in conference play.

May 4, 2013
Pioneers Split with Saint Francis
Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) went 4-for-8 at the plate Saturday afternoon driving in and scoring two runs as the Sacred Heart Softball team split with Saint Francis U in Loretto, Penn. The Pioneers took game one 10-3 before falling 4-2 in the latter game of the doubleheader. SHU is now 24-28 on the season and 5-13 against Northeast Conference opponents heading into their final competition of the season: Sunday’s doubleheader against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Penn.

April 30, 2013
SHU Softball Splits Doubleheader With Manhattan
The Sacred Heart softball team wrapped up its home slate Tuesday with a doubleheader split against the Manhattan Jaspers at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers won game one 2-1 before the Jaspers took the nightcap 6-4.

April 27, 2013
Pioneers Drop Two on Senior Day
Fairfield, Conn. (April 27, 2013)—Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) went 4-for-7 at the plate Sunday as the Sacred Heart Softball team dropped both games of the doubleheader to Mount St. Mary’s on "Senior Day." SHU attempted comebacks in both games, but could never get it done, falling 3-2 and 2-1. The Pioneers drop to 22-26 on the season and 4-12 in conference with the pair of losses.

April 25, 2013
SHU Softball Shutout by Stags 4-0
Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.) and Courtney Machamer (Williamstown, Penn.) went 2-for-3 at the plate, accounting for four of the Pioneers’ five runs, Thursday afternoon as the Sacred Heart Softball team was rendered scoreless by the cross-town rival Fairfield Stags. SHU falls to 22-24 with the 4-0 nothing.

April 23, 2013
Three Homers Power Pioneers Past Hawks for Pair of Wins
Three homeruns powered the Sacred Heart Softball team over Hartford twice in Tuesday’s doubleheader. Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) and Adrianna Mallory (Pine Bush, N.Y.) went yard in the game one 7-6 win, while Justin Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) launched one to centerfield in the 5-4 game two victory. The two wins improve SHU to 22-23 on the season.

April 21, 2013
"Bippy's Pack" Participates in "Beat Cancer with a Bat" Sunday
Sacred Heart University women’s softball team joins the National Foundation for Cancer Research to participate in NFCR’s “Beat Cancer with a Bat” fundraiser, an annual event in which college and high school softball teams across the United States are invited to contribute to NFCR’s cancer research campaign by pledging to donate proceeds from at least one game to NFCR.b

April 21, 2013
Sacred Heart Held Scoreless in Loss to Boston U
The Sacred Heart Softball managed just two hits against Boston University Sunday afternoon as they were shutout 8-0. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) notched the only hits against the Terriers’s crafty righty. The Pioneers fall to 20-23 on the season with the loss.

April 20, 2013
Nadler and Dreher Homer As SHU Drops Two to Bryant
Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) both homered, but the Sacred Heart Softball team dropped two close games to Bryant University Saturday afternoon. After falling 3-2 in the first game, the Pioneers battled for 11 innings in game two before the Bulldogs’ Kate Murray hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 11th sending SHU home with the 4-3 loss. Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) went 4-for-9 at the plate with an RBI and one run scored. With the pair of losses, the Pioneers fall to 20-22 on the season and 4-10 in Northeast Conference play.

April 17, 2013
SHU Softball Sweeps Yale; Snaps Losing Streak
Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) and Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) led the Sacred Heart Softball team to a sweep of Yale Wednesday evening snapping a three-game losing streak. Dreher knocked in three runs in the first game, while Nadler had four RBI in the second. The Pioneers are now an even 20-20 on the season.

April 14, 2013
Sacred Heart Drops Two to Quinnipiac
The Sacred Heart Softball team dropped both games of Sunday’s doubleheader to in-state rival Quinnipiac at Pioneer Park. After being shutout 6-0 in the first game, the Pioneers had a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning of the second game, but the Bobcats added four in the last two innings handing SHU the 4-3 loss. Sacred Heart drops to 18-20 and 4-8 in conference play.

April 13, 2013
SHU Softball 1-1 Against FDU Saturday
The Sacred Heart Softball team split with Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday evening. After topping the Knights 3-1 in the first game thanks to late scoring, Sacred Heart couldn’t muster up enough runs to overcome an eight0run deficit in the second game and fell 8-2.

April 10, 2013
Sacred Heart Shutdown by Stony Brook
The Sacred Heart Softball team was swept by Stony Brook in Wednesday afternoon’s doubleheader. After being shutout in the first game 11-0, the Pioneers pushed game two all the way to the final outs before the Seawolves prevailed 3-2. The sweep drops SHU to 17-17 on the season.

April 9, 2013
Pioneers Fall After Fairfield's 11 Run Inning
Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) came in for the save with the Pioneers leading 6-4, but got the loss as the cross-town rival Fairfield Stags scored 11 runs in the top of the seventh to beat the Sacred Heart Softball team 14-6 Tuesday afternoon. Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) had a good day at the plate going 3-for-4 with three RBI and a homerun. With the loss, SHU falls to 17-15 on the season.

April 7, 2013
Pioneers Split with LIU Brooklyn Sunday
The Sacred Heart Softball team split with LIU Brooklyn in Sunday’s doubleheader at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers took the first game 5-4 in the tenth inning. Then, in another close one, fell 3-2 in the latter game. SHU is not 17-14 on the season and 3-5 in NEC play.

April 6, 2013
Softball Shutout by CCSU in Doubleheader
The Sacred Heart Softball team was shutout by the undefeated Central Connecticut State Blue Devils Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers fell 5-0 and 4-0 in the doubleheader. SHU is now 16-13 on the season and 2-4 against Northeast Conference opponents.

March 30, 2013
Pioneers Downed by Monmouth
The Sacred Heart Softball team managed just one run in Saturday’s doubleheader against Monmouth University. The Pioneers were shutout 1-0 in the first game, and fell 6-1 in the second. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) had the only SHU RBI with a solo homerun to left field in the second game. Sacred Heart is now 16-11 this season, and 2-2 against Northeast Conference opponents.

March 29, 2013
Pioneers Shutout Wagner for First NEC Wins
The Sacred Heart Softball team snagged their first conference wins with the sweep of Wagner Friday afternoon. The Pioneers shut out Wagner in both games, winning the first 8-0 and squeezing out a 1-0 win in the second game. Justin Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) knocked in three runs in the first game while going 2-for-3 from the plate. Senior Melissa Tobin (Hudson, Mass.) collected the only RBI in the second game securing the win for the Pioneers. Sacred Heart is now 16-9 this season and 2-0 against Northeast Conference opponents.

March 26, 2013
Dreher Blasts 3 Homeruns; Pioneers Pick up Pair of Wins Over Dartmouth
Fairfield, Conn. (March 26, 2013)--Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) blasted three homers, one in first game and two in the second, in Tuesday’s doubleheader against Dartmouth as the Sacred Heart Softball team notched two wins over the Big Green at Pioneer Park. Sophomore Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.) came up big in the bottom of the eighth inning of the second game, sending a double to centerfield for the walk-off 7-6 win.

March 24, 2013
Pioneers Fall to Huskies in Extra Innings
The Sacred Heart Softball Team fell in extra innings 1-0 to the University of Connecticut Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Park. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) pitched a complete game, giving up just one run on six hits while striking out nine batters.

March 22, 2013
Pioneers Win Two in Home Opener
The Sacred Heart Softball team swept Iona in Friday’s doubleheader. Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) had the hot bat in the home-opener, going 4-for-7 from the plate with a triple and four RBI. The Pioneers improve to 12-8 on the season heading into Sunday’s matchup with UConn.

March 21, 2013
POSTPONED: Softball Doubleheader Moved to Tomorrow
Today's softball doubleheader between the Pioneers and the Iona Gaels has been moved to Friday at 2:30 due to poor field conditions. Don't forget to tune into all the action live on NEC Front Row.

March 19, 2013
Today's Softball Game Postponed
Due to last night's winter storm, today's softball game between Sacred Heart and UConn has been postponed indefinitely. The game will be made up on April 4 at 3:30 p.m.

March 17, 2013
Pioneers Complete Tournament Sweep in Slugfest
The Sacred Heart Softball team completed the sweep of the UMBC Tournament Sunday morning when they took down Morgan State 9-0 with a slugfest as the Pioneers connected for five homeruns. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) each had two, while Nicki Surkes (Brightwaters, N.Y.) had the fifth.

March 16, 2013
Surkes's Big Day at the Plate Leads to Two SHU Wins
The Sacred Heart Softball team is 4-0 at the UMBC Tournament in Baltimore, Md. after collecting two wins Saturday against La Salle (8-0) and Coppin State (5-1). Nicki Surkes (Brightwaters, N.Y.) went 7-for-8 at the plate today knocking in five runs for the Pioneers.

March 15, 2013
SHU Softball Picks up a Pair of Wins at UMBC Tournament
The Sacred Heart Softball team picked up a pair of wins on the opening day of the UMBC Tournament. Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) had the hot bats. Nadler was 7-8 on the day with five RBIs and a homerun, while Dreher went 3-6 with four RBIs and a homerun. The Pioneers are now 7-7 this season.

March 11, 2013
Sidor Named NEC Pitcher of the Week
Sidor went 3-3 on the week while only giving up two earned runs after getting the start in all six games earning the honor of Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week. She pitched 42 innings and struck out 39 batters, including two 10 strike performances against LaSalle and Grambling State. The highlight of her week came against Grambling State when she tossed a no-hitter over seven innings in the team’s 2-0 win.

March 7, 2013
Sidor Throws a No-Hitter as Pioneers Go 1-1 for the Day
Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) pitched a no-hitter Thursday afternoon as the Sacred Heart Softball team picked up a 2-0 win over Grambling State before falling 2-0 to Niagara.

March 6, 2013
Pioneers Pick Up Team Win; 1-1 for the Day
The Sacred Heart Softball team went 1-1 Wednesday as play in the Rebel Games continued. The Pioneers put in a great team effort in the first game for the 7-1 win over Detroit Mercy, but suffered a tough 9-8 loss to Holy Cross later in the dat. SHU is now 3-6 on the season.

March 4, 2013
Pioneer Softball 0-2 on Day 2
The Sacred Heart Softball lost both games Monday morning in Day 2 of the Rebel Games in Kissimme, Fl, falling to Tennessee Martin 1-0, and Penn 5-1

March 3, 2013
Nadler Blasts Homer; Pioneers Split Opening Day of Rebel Games
The Sacred Heart Softball team split in the first day of the Rebel Games. In the opening game, Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) stuck out 10 as the Pioneers fell 2-1 to LaSalle. The team rebounded in the second game of the day, taking down South Dakota 12-5.

February 24, 2013
Luckie Reaches 500th Win; Pioneers Split Sunday
Co-Head Coach Elizabeth Luckie collects her 500th career win as the Sacred Heart Softball team split Sunday with their first win of the season 2-0 over Western Carolina before falling 3-0 to UNC Charlotte. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) pitched seven shutout innings and hit a homerun in the first game, and went 2-3 against UNC Charlotte.

February 21, 2013
Pioneers Drop Season Opener 5-2 to Charlotte
The Sacred Heart Softball Team dropped the season opener Thursday afternoon 5-2 to the UNC Charlotte 49ers in the UNC Charlotte Tournament. 2012 All-NEC Second Team member Jade Bowins (Frederick, Md.) went 2-for-3 in the game picking up the first RBI of the game.

February 13, 2013
SHU Softball Signs Four for 2014
Co-Head Coaches Elizabeth Luckie and Pam London announce the Sacred Heart softball Class of 2017. The Pioneers inked four recruits to National Letters of Intent for next season. Jamie Carlson (, Calif.), Kelyn Filmore (Simi Valley, Calif.), Alyssa Pitre (Jacksonville, Fl.) and McKenna Wiegand (Chandler, Ariz.) will all head to Fairfield to play at Pioneer Park next spring.

February 12, 2013
Pioneers Picked Seventh In NEC Preseason Poll
The two-time Northeast Conference Champion Sacred Heart Women’s Softball Team has been predicted to finish seventh in the 2013 NEC Preseason Poll that came out Tuesday morning.

February 7, 2013
Softball Wine Tasting Moved to April 26
Annual Sacred Heart softball wine tasting fundraiser has been rescheduled to April 26 due to impending storm.

January 14, 2013
Support Pioneer Softball at Wine Tasting Event
Come out and support the Sacred Heart University Softball Team on April 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Commons for their annual wine tasting fundraiser. Contact Elizabeth Luckie or Pam London for tickets.

December 10, 2012
Softball Announces Sidor and Dreher Captains for 2013
Fairfield, Conn.—Co-Head Coaches Elizabeth Luckie and Pam London name Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) Captain for the 2013 season, and Jade Bowins (Frederick, Md.) and Taylor Lane (Lisbon, Conn.) Co-Captains.

October 25, 2012
Pioneer Softball Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer
Fairfield, Conn.—The Sacred Heart Softball Team completed the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Conn. this past Sunday. The walk raised over $316,000 for the American Cancer Society thanks to its over 6,000 participants.

October 2, 2012
Pioneer Softball Welcomed Back Alumni Saturday
Fairfield, Conn. - The Sacred Heart Softball Team welcomed back alumni as part of SHU Homecoming Weekend 2012. The current 2012-13 Pioneers took on past players this past Saturday at the new Pioneer Park.

September 14, 2012
Pioneer Park Dedication Saturday at 10 am
The Sacred Heart softball family invites all to the dedication of Pioneer Park Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Following the dedication ceremony, the Pioneers will break in the new field when they take on Yale University at 11:00 a.m.

July 26, 2012
Inaugural Pioneer Club Golf Marathon Set for August 16th
The Sacred Heart University Pioneer Club will be hosting their inaugural Golf Marathon on Thursday, August 16th at Fairfield Wheeler Golf Course in Bridgeport. Golfers are going to chase, hack, chip and putt thousands of golf balls from dawn to dusk at Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course with the goal of raising money for the Sacred Heart University Softball Program.