April 6, 2007

Wagner Pitchers Shut Down Pioneers

April 6, 2007

Box Score

Fairfield, CT - Senior Morgan Miller and freshman Kate Eshelman combined to throw 14 shutout innings, allowing just seven base-runners while striking out 15 to lead Wagner to a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart in NEC softball action Friday at Pioneer Park. The Seahawks prevailed by scores of 2-0 and 5-0.

Miller allowed just one hit and one walk in her start in game one and was one out from a no-hitter before and error on shortstop Katie Stevens allowed the seventh inning to be extended and the next Pioneer to get a hit. Eshelman walked two batters in the first inning before retiring 13 of the next 14 batters she faced. She allowed only two hits in the game and struck out nine batters.

The dominant performance by the Wagner pitchers overshadowed an effort that was just as great by the Pioneers' ace Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA). Spehar pitched 11 innings in the doubleheader, seven in the first game and four in the second game. She allowed just four runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out 11 Seahawks.

The first game went scoreless until the sixth inning. Senior Christina Hopkins led off with a double to left field off Spehar. Two batters later, Eshelman laced a double in the gap in right-centerfield that went all the way to the wall and drove Hopkins in to score the first run of the game. The Seahawks built an insurance run in the seventh on a single by Victoria Batestelli and an RBI double by Ami Iwicki.

Spehar was able to keep the Wagner attack at bay for the first part of the second game as well. However, in the fourth Stevens and Joy Gallagher both hit solo home-runs to left field off of Spehar to put the Seahawks up by a pair. Andrea Lazzari made it 3-0 with an RBI single. Wagner put up two more runs in the seventh on an RBI groundout and a SHU error.

Junior Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) had two of the Pioneers three hits on the day, including the one that broke up the no-hitter in game one. Senior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) was on base three times, drawing two walks and reaching on an error.

The Pioneers are back in action Saturday afternoon when the host Long Island University in an NEC doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.