March 28, 2005
BALTIMORE, MD (March 25) - The Sacred Heart University softball team rallied from a 2-1 seventh inning deficit before falling to Niagara in the bottom of the inning on a Purple Eagle walk off three-run home to lose 5-4.
The Pioneers opened the scoring in the game in the top of the first despite not getting a hit. Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) started the inning with a walk and was advanced to second on a Jen Place (Latham, NY) sacrafice bunt. Spehar then took advantage of a dropped pop fly off the bat of Caitlin Carroll (Los Almitos, CA) and scored from second.
The Purple Eagles leveled the contest at one on a solo home run by clean up hitter Tory Healey in the bottom of the second. Niagra would use another solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to take their first lead of the game at 2-1.
Sacred Heart threatened in the sixth inning, getting runners on second and third with one out, but were unable to capitalize and remained down a run.
The Pioneers finally broke through in the 7th inning, scoring a trio of runs to go up 4-1. Spehar and Place got the inning started with back to back singles putting runners on first and second. After Tiffanie Cross-Monzo (Thousand Oaks, CA) struck out swinging, Carroll walked to load the bases for Brittany Uno (Winnetka, CA) who wacked an 0-1 pitch through the middle for a run scoring base knock to tie the game. SHU went ahead with a Heather Gutkes (Newport, RI) single and tacked on another run when Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA) slapped the ball to the Purple Eagle third basemen who tried to cut down Jazzeline Perez (Medford, NY), who was pinch running for Carroll, at the plate, but Nicole Sum couldn't hang on to the ball allowing Perez to score the final SHU run of the game.
Niagara would respond in the bottom of the seventh, starting the inning off with a Jamie Horn single and a Melissa Markel pinch-hit walk. After Linzi Scarfone sacraficed the runners over with a bunt, leadoff hitter Lisa Baker ended the game with one swing of the bat taking Spehar's first pitch do deep left centerfield for a dramatic three-run walk-off home run.
Spehar finished the game giving up 5 runs, all earned, over six and one third innings with six strike outs and three walks. The loss drops her record to 3-1 on the season.