BALTIMORE, MD (March 22, 2014)—The Sacred Heart softball team took two out of their three games Saturday at the UMBC Classic. After starting the day with a 3-1 win over Bowling Green, the Pioneers finished what they started yesterday picking up a 2-1 win over UMBC before falling to the Retrievers 14-10 in the last game of the day. SHU heads into the final day of the UMBC Classic 7-8.
Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.) gave up just one run to Falcons in the day's opener, and it was after the Pioneers put all three runs on the board. Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) and Kelyn Fillmore (Simi Valley, Calif.) led off the bottom of the second with back-to-back singles before getting moved over by Kate Nadler's (Southbury, Conn.) sacrifice bunt. Freshman McKenna Weigand (Gilbert, Ariz.) sent Sibthorp home when she got out on a fielders choice. Next batter, Wentworth, helped herself with an infield single, which scored Fillmore. Sibthorp, who went 2-for-3 in the game, tacked on the final SHU run when she launched a solo homerun over the centerfield fence.
When Friday's game against UMBC got called in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Pioneers held a 2-0 lead thanks to strong pitching from Adrianna Mallory (Pine Bush, N.Y.) and a two-run double from senior Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.). Picking up where they left off with a Retriever on second, Mallory worked out of her first jam halting the runner at third. While the Pioneers were held scoreless through the rest of the game, Mallory got into a little trouble in the sixth inning. Bridget O'Malley led off the inning with a walk before the sophomore pitcher got the next two batters to fly out. But the speedy shortstop rounded the bases to score on Jaclyn Buckley's single. Mallory improves to 3-3 with the win, and Jamie Carlson (Corona, Calif.) picked up her first save of the year striking out the side in the seventh.
Andrea Sidor (North Vancouver, British Columbia) hit her first homerun of the season in the final game of the day against UMBC. The freshman second baseman capped off a fifth-inning six-run rally with a grand slam to left field cutting the Retrievers' lead to just one run 11-10. But UMBC added two more runs in the bottom of the inning, and one more in the sixth to win the game 14-10.
Carlson falls to 1-4 on the season after getting the loss pitching just 2.2 innings. The freshman gave up six earned runs, nine in total, on seven hits while striking out two batters before being relieved by senior Taylor Lane (Lisbon, Conn.). Lane and Wentworth each pitcher 0.2 innings giving up one run before Malloy came in to close out the game.
The Pioneers are back in action Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. when they face the Saint Peter's Peacocks.