April 6, 2008
Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart offense pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of fielding miscues to post a 5-2 win over Central Connecticut to earn a split of Sunday's doubeleheader at Pioneer Park. The Blue Devils won the first game, 2-1, on the strength of solid pitching by Rachel Brenneman.
In game one Sacred Heart was first to score, when senior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) knocked a Brenneman pitch out of the park, to grab an early 1-0 advantage in the second inning.
The Blue Devils tied the game at 1-1 when senior Melissa Pelletier drove in classmate Melissa Caron in the fifth inning. In the bottom of the sixth CCSU took the lead 2-1 when Pelletier scored from second off freshman Erin Kelley's single to centerfield.
In game two the teams played the first three innings scoreless. In the top of the fourth, the Pioneers turned three CCSU errors into five unearned runs to take control of the game. Freshman Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) capped the rally with a two-run single. Froelich had five hits in the doubleheader while senior Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) knocked out four hits in two games.
In the bottom of the fifth the Blue Devils posted its first run when sophomore Sara Budrick crossed the plate off freshman Kendall Sours ground out to third.
Senior Jessica Caron drove in the Blue Devils second run, driving in Kelley from second base. At the end of six innings CCSU trailed 5-2. In the bottom of the seventh the Blue Devils loaded the bases but could not get a runner across.
Sacred Heart freshman Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) threw seven innings, striking out four, allowing two Blue Devil runs to capture the win. The rookie has now won five straight starts.
The Pioneers are back in action Thursday when they host Yale in a non-league doubeleheader at Pioneer Park. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.