Feb. 26, 2010
The Sacred Heart softball team opened the 2010 season this afternoon in Greensboro, NC as they fell 1-0 in a pitchers duel to Cleveland State and were defeated 5-3 by host UNC-Greensboro. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) smashed her first homerun of the season in the third inning against Greensboro to tie the game at two. Junior pitcher Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) struck out nine batters and allowed just four hits in six innings against a potent Cleveland State offense.
Cleveland State (3-3) led off the game with back-to-back walks and a sacrifice bunt to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Russell would limit the damage getting consecutive ground outs with the first off the bat of Gordon to provide the games only run. Cleveland State pitcher Macenko held the Pioneers to just one hit, a single off the bat of Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA). Sacred Heart would be retired in order in the final two innings to drop the opening game of the tournament.
In their second game of the day Sacred Heart (0-2) started sophomore pitcher Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) who tossed four innings allowing three runs, two earned. UNC-Greensboro (3-6) would pick up two runs in the second inning after back to back doubles to lead off the inning followed by a Akiyama single. The Pioneers would knot the game at two in the top of the next inning as Froelich went yard after a Carley Rudloff (Queens Creek, AZ) walk.
The Pioneers would take the lead in the fourth inning with an unearned run on a Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) fielder's choice. The Spartans would tie the game in the bottom half of the frame with an unearned run of their own. SHU freshman Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) would relieve Tsipouras but surrender two runs in the sixth inning, eventually earning the loss. Sacred Heart would load the bases in their half of the seventh but were unable to convert as they fell for the second time on the day.
Sacred Heart resumes action at the Spartan Classic tomorrow with two games, the first against Niagara and the second against an opponent to be determined.