Apr. 7, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Vanessa Mejia went 5-for-7 with five RBI and two runs scored and Long Island pitchers combined to allow just one run over 12 innings and struck out 17 SHU hitters to lead the Blackbirds to a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart in NEC softball action Saturday at Pioneer Park. LIU won by scores of 8-0 and 8-1.
For the second straight day, the Pioneers offense was stymied by a pair of pitchers. In the first game, Jenny Giles allowed only three hits in five shutout innings while striking out eight. Blaire Porter was just has impressive in the second game, tossing a complete game four hitter while giving up one run and striking out nine.
Junior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) paced the Pioneers both offensively and in the circle. She had two of the Pioneers four hits in the second game and pitched five innings, allowing five earned runs while striking out nine Blackbirds.
Long Island jumped out quickly in the first game, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings off Pioneer starter Danielle Mellin (La Canada, CA). Raylene Asman had the big hit in the first inning, sending a two RBI double to left center. Celina Castillo had a two RBI single in the second inning to build the Blackbirds lead further. Mejia added an RBI single in the fourth inning to complete the scoring in game one.
Mejia got Long Island started in game two, tripling with two outs in the first inning and scoring on a balk by Spehar. In the third, Mejia deposited a two run single up the middle to make it 3-0 Blackbirds.
The Pioneers finally scored a run in the bottom of the third inning. Freshman Jill Iazetta (Linden, NJ) and sophomore Sarah Stack (Fall River, MA) started the inning with a pair of singles and they advanced a base on a ground out by senior Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA). With two on and one out, Spehar launched a double off the fence in right center field, driving home Iazetta with the Pioneers first run in 21 innings. SHU's rally ended there, however, as Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) and Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) each struck out.
Asman homered in the fourth to give LIU a 4-1 lead. The Blackbirds broke the game open in the top of the sixth with four runs, highlighted by a two run double off the bat of Jess DiPippo.
The Pioneers are back in action Tuesday when they visit Dartmouth. The doubleheader is set to start at 3:00 pm.