Softball Splits Pair with Iona
April 2, 2006
New Rochelle, NY - Freshman Sarah Stack (Fall River, MA) had the big hit and sophomore Megan Spehar turned in a shutout on the mound (Thousands Oak, CA) as Sacred Heart earned a 6-0 win in the second game of a doubleheader, after falling in the opener 3-2, against Iona in softball action Saturday.
In the second game, Spehar and RHP Amanda Glaser were locked in a pitchers duel until the top of the fifth inning when the Pioneers exploded for four runs. A two-run double by Stack proved to be the big blow in the inning. The visitors would tack on two unearned runs in the sixth inning to pick up the 6-0 win.
Freshman 1B Valerie Laschen had her third multi-hit effort of the season with two singles in the contest. Glaser took the loss giving up six hits and just one earned run while striking out four. Sacred Heart 2B Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI to lead her squad offensively. Spehar earned the win with a five hit shutout.
In the first game, junior LF Stacey Moyer doubled home classmate SS Alyson Funn with one out and two on in the bottom of the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and earn the win. The Gaels got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Funn was knocked home by sophomore C Laura Stott after a lead off triple. The Pioneers (7-21) took a 2-1 lead in the top of the next inning when DP Jacqui Reily (Burlington, MA) drilled a two-run home run off starter RHP Becky Riccitelli. Iona would tie the score on freshman CF Angie Ortiz' second home run of the season in the top of the fifth.
Funn, Moyer and classmate RF Alex Sprague each had two hits in the win. Riccitelli tossed a complete game scattering six hits and striking out nine batters to earn her third win of the season. Sacred Heart 1B Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) was 2-for-4 while RHP Chrissy DeMott (Levittown, NY)took the loss.
The Pioneers are back in action Sunday when they open their home schedule against Yale. The doubleheader is set for 12 noon at Pioneer Park.