April 6, 2006
Fairfield, CT - Defense plagued Sacred Heart all day as the Pioneers made six errors in two games and Hartford scored seven runs in each game to complete a doubleheader sweep, 7-3 and 7-6, in softball action Thursday at Pioneer Park.
In the opening game, things immediately got off to a bad start for the Pioneers as shortstop Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) dropped a pop fly by the Hawks Samantha Morrison leading off the game. Morrison would later come around to score. The Pioneers came back to take a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on a 2-run homerun by junior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA).
The Hawks retook the lead in the top of the third when Nikki Thompson pounded out an RBI double and later scored on a fielding error by Pioneers' third baseman Sarah Stack (Fall River, MA). Hartford broke the game open with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. The rally was highlighted by a two RBI triple off the bat of junior Kristie Rochette. Then the next batter, Thompson, hit a homerun over the left field wall to put the Hawks up 7-2.
Sophomore Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) struck out 11 batters in six innings in the loss for the Pioneers.
The second game did not start well for the Pioneers either. After a sacrifice fly by Thompson which scored Morrision, Kristen Cericola walked. Cericola then attempted to steal second base, and nobody covered the base for the Pioneers. As a result, the throw by Carroll sailed into centerfield, allowing the Hawks Amanda Sais to score from third.
The Pioneers came back to tie the game in the bottom of the first. An RBI single by freshman Amanda Bradley (Langely, BC) turned into two runs when the ball was kicked by Morrison in centerfield. Morrison, who went 3-4 in the nightcap, put the Hawks up 3-2 with an RBI triple in the second inning.
The Pioneers rallied again for three runs in the third to go up 5-3. The spurt was fueled by an RBI double by Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) and a two RBI double by senior Dana Jusino (Rutherford, NJ). However, Hartford came back once more with four run fifth inning. A bases loaded throwing error by Harvey allowed Cericola to reach base and Sais to score. Then junior Brie Hout got the biggest hit of the game, a bases loaded, bases-clearing double that put the Hawks up 7-5.
Sacred Heart scored a run on a throwing error by Hawks shortstop Jackie Simonetty in the sixth inning, but could get no closer. In all the Pioneers made four errors in the nightcap, while Hartford committed three.
The Pioneers (8-24) are back in action Saturday when they host Mount St. Mary's. The doubleheader is set for a 1:00 pm start.