BALTIMORE, Md.— The Sacred Heart University softball team scored nine runs in back-to-back games to sweep the opening day of the Hampton Inn BWI UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational on Friday afternoon.
The Pioneers (11-8) downed LaSalle, 9-4 to open the day before besting tournament host, UMBC 9-6 to push its win streak to a season-high four games.
Game One – SHU 9, La Salle 4
Top of the 2nd inning… SHU loaded the bases to open the frame and scored its first run on an error by LaSalle. Delgadillo then recorded the RBI single to left field to drive in the second run of the inning to give SHU the 3-0 lead. Stephanie Mangiameli followed that up with a RBI single through the right side to push the Pioneers lead to 4-0.
Top of the 4th inning… Delgadillo picked up the triple to center field to give SHU a runner in scoring position with one out. Mangiameli drove her in with her second RBI single of the game.
Bottom of the 4th inning… LaSalle finally got some offense going in the bottom half of the inning as Emma Schweigert drove in the first run with the sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Top of the 5th inning… Kelyn Fillmore picked up her first home run of the season with the one-out solo shot down the left field line.
Top of the 6th inning… Delgadillo continued her impressive afternoon with a leadoff home run to left field. SHU got another run in the inning as Addison Landry scored on a wild pitch.
Bottom of the 6th inning… The Explorers added another run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Emily Conaway with one out.
Top of the 7th inning… Mangiameli drove in the Pioneers final run of the game with the RBI single through the right side with two outs.
Bottom of the 7th inning… LaSalle looked for a little rally as Jackie Heim picked up the two-run home run with one out to cut the deficit to five. But Kristen McCann struck out the next two batters to end the game.
- The Pioneers top two hitters in the order, Delgadillo and Mangiameli both recorded three-hit afternoons.
- Delgadillo was SHU's top RBI producer with three in the game.
- McCann pitched the complete game for SHU with her seventh win of the season.
- It was the first multi-home run game for SHU since May 11, 2017.
- McCann was one strikeout short of her career high with 12 strikeouts in the game.
- Delgadillo now leads the team with three home runs on the year.
Game Two – SHU 9, UMBC 6
Top of the 1st inning… The Pioneers swiped the first run of the game on a wild pitch with the bases loaded by the Retrievers. Bevino recorded the sacrifice fly in the next at-bat to push the lead to two before SHU recorded another run on a wild pitch.
Bottom of the 3rd inning… UMBC got on the scoreboard with a one-out RBI single by Tori Alexander. Imani Dawson then plated the two-run home run to centerfield to tie the game at 3-3.
Top of the 5th inning… The Pioneers picked up the second home run of the game as Bevino ripped the one-out solo shot to center field. Hailey Desrosiers later scored on a wild pitch to bring the score to 6-3.
Bottom of the 5th inning… The Retrievers fought back in the bottom half of the inning as Carly Lesko lifted the two-out three-run home run to left centerfield.
Top of the 6th inning… A one-out RBI single by Katelyn Christian gave SHU its final lead of the game. The Pioneers added two more runs as Christian scored on a triple by Desrosiers as she also came around to score on the throwing error by the right fielder.
- Christian and Desrosiers led the seven Pioneers with hits by recording multi-hit showings in game two.
- Six different batters crossed the plate in the win for SHU.
- Colleen Walsh earned her first collegiate win in relief while McCann earned the save in the final inning.
- SHU's four-game winning streak beat a previous season-high three-game win streak on February 16-17 at the Chattanooga Challenge.
The Pioneers continue the round robin event tomorrow with a 1:30 p.m. contest against Drexel.