March 20, 2010
The Sacred Heart softball team picked up a pair of wins Saturday afternoon at the Coastal Carolina Classic. The Pioneers started the day with a hard fought 4-3 win over Buffalo, led by a Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) three run double. Everyone hit in SHU's 12-1 rout over Oakland to end the day, Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) contributed her Northeast Conference leading fourth homer of the season.
Sacred Heart (8-8) jumped out to an early lead as Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA), the first SHU batter of the game, smashed her first homerun of 2010. The Bison would tie the game in the next half inning. Buffalo got the first two runners on base and eventually evened the score on a fielder's choice.
Buffalo (8-14) would push out in front with another run in the top of the fourth. A SHU error would extend the frame and another miscue would allow an unearned run to cross the plate and make it a 2-1 affair. Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA) would draw a one out walk to open the bottom of the inning. Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) reached on an error and Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) singled to load the bases. Montemagni would deliver the big hit with two outs, driving a double to center field to empty the bases and give Sacred Heart a 4-2 lead.
Pioneer pitcher Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) would be able to preserve the lead as SHU picked up the victory, 4-3. Russell finished the game allowing just six hits and picked up her fourth win of the year.
Sacred Heart opened the second game of the day with a huge five run first inning against Oakland. The Golden Grizzles gave the Pioneers plenty of help committing four errors in the opening inning. SHU padded its lead with four more unearned runs in the second inning to make it an 8-0 contest. Tsipouras powered a two run blast to left in the third and Jill Timmer (La Mesa, CA) notched a sac fly in the fifth to round out the SHU scoring.
Freshman pitcher Nicole Sidor (North Vancouver, BC) tossed three innings, striking out three, and Kylie Abrams (Thousand Oaks, CA) added two scoreless innings of relief to seal up the win. Sacred Heart has now won five straight games and brought its record back to .500 for 2010.
The Pioneers return to action tomorrow as they round out the CCU Classic, taking on Oakland in the morning before clashing with tournament host Coastal Carolina in the final game of the weekend.