Pioneers Rally For Softball Split With Seton Hall

March 27, 2007

Box Score

South Orange, NJ - Sophomore Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) hit a two-run home-run and junior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) allowed just five hits and two earned runs in seven innings as Sacred Heart rallied for a softball doubleheader spilt with Seton Hall Tuesday at Ivy Hill Park. The Pioneers won the nightcap 5-4 after the Pirates took the opener by a 9-1 score.

Sacred Heart jumped out early in the second game, going up 2-0 on a Harvey round-tripper off Pirates pitcher Ashley Constantini. The Pirates evened things up in the bottom of the second when Waldron followed a Shannon Pease walk with a two-run shot to make it 2-2.

The Pioneers tacked on three runs in the top of the third. Sophomores Sarah Stack (Fall River, MA), Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) and freshman Justine Scutaro (Shoreham, MA) all had RBI hits for the Pioneers.

Seton Hall was able to scratch its way back into the game. Pease drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Kelan Waldron's double before later scoring on a passed ball to make it 5-3. In the fifth, Leah Menichetti made it all the way to third after her fly ball to center was dropped, and she came around to score on Pease's RBI single that cut the deficit to one. But a seventh inning rally was snuffed out as Sacred Heart held on for the win.

Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second in game one, the Pirates offense exploded for six runs to take command of the contest. Freshman Madon Maile picked up an RBI single to tie the game before fellow rookie Allison Gengler came up with a run-scoring grounder that was played into an error. Sophomore Daria Glynos later drove home a run with a single, followed by a three-run double from senior Jenna Best to make it 6-1.

Danielle Steinseifzer blasted an opposite field homerun in the bottom of the third to make it 7-1 in favor of the Hall. With the bases loaded later in the frame, Maile scampered home on a wild pitch for SHU's eighth run.

In the bottom of the fourth, Waldron laced a two-out double to keep the inning alive, and Steinseifzer knocked her in with a single off the shortstop to make it 9-1. Kim Schweitzer, who allowed a lone run on five hits over five innings while striking out a career-high eight batters, threw a perfect fifth inning to pick up her third win of the year as the mercy rule took effect.

Steinseifzer was 2-for-2 with two RBI, while Waldron also collected a pair of hits. Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamtos, CA) was 2-for-2 with an RBI for the Pioneers.

The Pioneers travel to Pennsylvania this weekend to open Northeast Conference play. SHU will face Robert Morris Saturday and Saint Francis (PA) on Sunday.