April 9, 2004
HAMDEN, CT - The Sacred Heart University softball team was swept in a doubleheader at Quinnipiac on Friday afternoon in Hamden, CT. the Pioneers fell 4-0 in the first game and 2-1 in the second as their record dropped to 5-20 on the season and 2-6 in the NEC.
In the first game, the Bobcats (10-13, 7-1 NEC) opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first. Alyssa Mansolf walked to open the frame and moved to third on a one-out double from Sarah Collins. One out later, Kim Norman smacked a double to the right center field gap to plate both runs. Quinnipiac added runs in the third and fifth innings for the 4-0 final.
On the mound, Norman worked her way out of several jams on the afternoon on her way to a complete-game shutout. She scattered eight hits and stranded 11 Sacred Heart base runners.
Sacred Heart struck first in the second half of the doubleheader, scoring in the third inning without a single hit. Freshman Erin Silk (Manalapan, NJ) reached base on an error after striking out to lead off the inning. She then came around to score on a pair of wild pitches and finally, a passed ball.
The Bobcats went ahead in their half of the third inning with two runs of their own. Mansolf reached on an error with one out and moved to second on a single by Norman. Collins followed with a line drive just inside the right field line that scored Mansolf to even the game.
Nicole Otten then gave the Bobcats the lead with a RBI single that plated Norman. Reynolds made that lead stand up the rest of the way as she fanned seven in recording a complete-game no-hitter. Freshman Bethany Lemenager (New Bedford, MA) also pitched a complete-game with seven strikeouts for the Pioneers
Sacred Heart will look to get back in the win column tomorrow when it travels to New Britain, CT to take on Central Connecticut in a doubleheader that gets under way at 11:30 am.