Hoboken, N.J. (April 13, 2013)—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.
Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, B.C) held the Knights to just three hits over seven innings in the first game. The senior struck out 11 batters and only gave up a single earned run (a homerun by Bryana Dorado). She and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) went 2-for-4 at the plate, each knocking in a run. The Pioneers, down 1-0 since the second inning, put up two runs in the sixth. Dreher homered to lead off the innings before Adrianna Mallory's (Pine Bush, N.Y.) walk forced in Dreher for the winning run. SHU held FDU scoreless in the bottom of the sixth and put an insurance run on the board in the top of the seventh.
Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) knocked in both runs for Sacred Heart in the second game; first, with a double to left field in the fifth, and later with another double to left centerfield in the seventh, but the damage was already done. Starting pitcher Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.) got into trouble in the bottom of the fourth as the Knights put four runs on the board on four hits, including a three-run bomb by Courtney Slye. Mallory and Taylor Lane (Lisbon, Conn.) came in in relief, each giving up two more runs. The Pioneers mustered just four hits throughout the loss.
Sacred Heart returns home Sunday to face in-state rival Quinnipiac in a doubleheader starting at noon.