April 2, 2008
Fairfield, CT - Senior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) threw a complete game, three hit shutout and scored the only run of the game and freshmen Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) and Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) each had three hits in game two as Sacred Heart posted 1-0 and 8-0 wins over Hartford in softball action Wednesday at Pioneer Park.
Spehar was brilliant in the first game, striking out six batters and only allowing three hits to earn her sixth win of the season. The only run came in the bottom of the sixth. Spehar reached on a wild pitch on what would have been a strikeout. The next batter was Jasmin Vicente (Wantagh, NY) and she blooped a single to centerfield, moving Spehar to third base. Then, with Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) batting, Vicente and Spehar executed a perfect double steal, with Spehar sliding around a tag at homeplate to score the only run of the game.
The Pioneers offense broke out early in game two, scoring four runs in the first two innings. SHU was helped by a wild pitch in the first inning which brought home Froelich with the first run. The Pioneers added three more runs in the third. The big hit was a two RBI infield single by senior Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) on a line-drive up the middle that struck Hawks pitcher Amanda Singer on the leg and deflected off to the side of the field.
Sacred Heart put the game away with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Froelich had an RBI double that brought home Vicente to get things started. After Mezzanotte walked, Lee laced a double down the left field line that scored two runs. Two batters later, freshman Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) roped a single through the hole on the left side to score Mezzanotte and end the game.
Amidst all the offense, freshman Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) won her third straight outing, tossing five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out nine.
The Pioneers return to action Saturday when they visit Quinnipiac in a Northeast Conference doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 1:00 pm.