Fairfield, Conn. (April 9, 2013)--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.
Dreher sent a two-run bomb over the left field fence in the bottom of the first inning putting giving the Pioneers an early lead. Sacred Heart put two more runs on the board in the third inning. After leadoff batters Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) and Jade Bowins (Frederick, Md) reached on walks, Dreher singled to right field driving in another run for her third RBI of the day. Two batters later Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) reached on an error loading the bases for starting pitcher Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.), whose base on balls forced in another run.
Wentworth held the Stags scoreless through four innings, but got into trouble in the top of the fifth. The first batter reached on a double, and the next on a single. After getting Kristen Filicia to pop out, Wentworth gave up a triple to centerfielder Sammy Ruffolo allowing two runs to cross the plate before being relieved by Taylor Lane (Lisbon, Conn.). Lane got the next two batters out, but Ruffolo still scored on a sac fly.
Up by just one run, Co-Head Coach Elizabeth Luckie called in Sidor for the save. The inning started with a hit batter and back-to-back singles and just went downhill from there. A series of fielding errors and hits led the Fairfield's 11-run innings pushing them ahead of the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart hits the road tomorrow for a doubleheader against Stony Brook starting at 2:00 p.m.