April 7, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 7) - The Sacred Heart University softball team was swept by the Hawks of Hartford University in a non-conference doubleheader at Pioneer Park on Thursday afternoon. The Hawks won the first game 8-1 and edged SHU in the second game 2-1.
The Hawks wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, plating an unearned run in the bottom of the first on a Nikki Thompson single. The Hawks would maintain the single run advantage until the Pioneers answered with an unearned run of their own in the top of the fifth. Senior Becky Cameron (Girard, OH) crossed the plate when Hawks shortstop Alex Morley couldn't cleanly field a Tiffanie Cross-Monzo (Thousand Oaks, CA) grounder.
Hartford responded in the bottom of the inning by batting around and scoring six runs, highlighted by a two-run homer by Amy Sullivan. Hartford added another run in the sixth and shut down the SHU bats to win the front end 8-1.
Nicole McMillon went the distance for Hartford, striking out four, to pick up the win while Danielle Mellin (La Canada, CA) struck out seven in taking the loss.
The back end of the set was a pitchers duel between Sacred Heart junior Chrissy DeMott (Levittown, NY) and Briana Hout for Hartford. The Pioneers would draw first blood in the top of the first capitalizing on a Hawks error. With one down in the inning Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) sent a dribbler down the first base line that Sullivan fielded and flipped to second basemen Mallory Rapoza who was covering. Rapoza couldn't hang on to the ball and Mezzanotte was ruled safe. She would then advance to third on a pair of passed balls before being knocked in on a Caitlin Carroll (Los Alimitos, CA) single.
The Hawks fired back in the third inning, tying the contest at 1. Ryan Williams led off the inning with a double to right-center and was plated three batters later on a Thompson single.
Both teams threatened, but both were unable to break through until Hartford loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh with only one out and Rapoza at the plate. With a 1-1 count she hit a fly ball to left field just deep enough to allow the runner at third to score ahead of the play at the plate.
DeMott took the tough-luck loss giving up six hits over six and two-thirds innings pitched allowing six hits while striking out a pair and walking three. Hout picked up the victory going the full seven allowing just the unearned run on six hits while striking out eight and issuing five free passes.
The losses drop SHU to 7-9 on the season and raise Hartford's record to 4-7. The Pioneers return to action on Sunday, April 10th when they host Long Island at Pioneer Park for two games. First pitch is at 12 noon.
*Note - Due to Hartford's field being in an unplayable condition, they acted as the "home" team.