March 27, 2004
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - The Sacred Heart University softball team fell at Monmouth University in a pair of pitching duels as both squads opened up their Northeast Conference schedule Saturday afternoon. The Hawks won the opening 2-0 and earned a 1-0 win in the second game.
In the opening game the Hawks' Danielle Ellement pitched her second consecutive shutout to improve her record to 4-2 on the season. The freshman scattered six hits and two walks over 7.0 innings, while striking out three batters.
Monmouth (6-8, 2-0 NEC) jumped on the board with a run in the first inning. In the bottom half of the frame, Kristin Wilson led off the inning with a single down the leftfield line. Wilson moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dana Pasini and to third on a groundout by Heather Gordon. Dawn Gilchrist plated Wilson with a single to rightfield.
The Hawks added an insurance run in the third inning. Sue Micchelli was hit by a pitch and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Wilson. Pasini reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners with one out. Gordon hit a groundball to Pioneers' shortstop Becky Cameron. Cameron made a perfect throw to the plate, but catcher Katie Ross misplayed the throw, allowing Micchelli to score.
Sacred Heart (3-14, 0-2 NEC) had opportunities to score but stranded eight runners in the contest, including three runners in the top of the fourth inning. The Pioneers loaded the bases with one out as Leslie Konsig singled up the middle, Jen Place singled to right field and Cameron walked, but Heather Gutkes flied to shallow leftfield and Shannon Bailey struck out swinging to end the rally.
Courtney Cannon and Jen Place both went 2-of-3 at the plate in the opener for Sacred Heart. Bethany Lemenager (2-7) was saddled with the loss for Sacred Heart. She yielded two runs, one earned, on four hits and one walk over 6.0 innings. Lemenager fanned six Hawks.
In the second game, Angela Rand scattered seven hits and two walks over 7.0 innings for the Monmouth shutout. She struckout five Pioneers.
The Hawks lone run came in the bottom of the second. Breanna Steins drew a walk to lead off the inning. Rand pinch-ran for Steins and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lori Padgett. Ashley Dellens moved her to third on a groundout to second base and Micchelli drove her home with a single through the right side.
Caitlin Carroll led Sacred Heart in the second contest, going 2-of-2 at the plate. Danielle Mellin (0-4) was the tough luck loser as she allowed just one run on five hits and three walks over 6.0 innings.
The Pioneers out hit Monmouth 13-9 for the doubleheader, but Sacred Heart left 16 runners on base over 14 innings.
Sacred Heart returns to action on Sunday when they travel to LIU-Brooklyn for a doubleheader starting at 3:00 pm.