Pioneers Take Pair from St. Francis (NY)

April 9, 2006

Box Score

Fairfield, CT - Sophomore Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) threw a shutout and had 2 RBI in the opener and junior Bethany Lemenager (New Beford, MA) took a no hitter into the sixth inning in the nightcap, as Sacred Heart completed a doubleheader sweep of St. Francis (NY) in softball action Sunday at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers won the first game 8-0 in a five inning mercy rule, then took the nightcap by a count of 6-2.

In the first game Spehar allowed only three hits over five innings and struck out five batters to earn her team leading fourth victory of the season. The Pioneers scored in every inning starting with an RBI double by junior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) in the bottom of the first.

The Pioneers exploded for three runs in the second inning, propelled by a two RBI single by Spehar, who, in addition to her work on the rubber, was a perfect 2-2 with 2 RBI in the opener. Freshman Ashley McDonough (Lompoc, CA) also had an RBI double in the inning to give the Pioneers a 4-0 advantage.

A sacrifice fly by freshman Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) and an RBI double by junior Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA) gave the Pioneers a 6-0 lead after three innings. In the fourth the Pioneers built another run on a perfectly executed second base/home plate double steal by Spehar and Jazzeline Perez (Medford, NY), as Spehar scored to make it 7-0. An RBI single by Sarah Stack (Fall River, MA) ended the game in the fifth.

The second game was highlighted by the pitching of Lemenager who gave up just two infield singles and two walks while striking out nine Terriers in going the distance for her second victory of the year.

Sacred Heart's offense clicked early again in the nightcap as the Pioneers scored four times in the bottom of the first. Freshman Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) got things started with an RBI double scoring McDonough. Bradley would later score on a 2 RBI triple by freshman Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT), who was the hitting star of the second game, going 2-3 with two runs scored and 2 RBI. The Pioneers would add another run in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by senior Dana Jusino (Rutherford, NJ).

The Terriers built their only two runs of the day in the top of the sixth. Janine Valentine reached on an infield single and then scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Tonianne Campuzano. An infield single off the bat of junior Amanda Pileggi, which bounced off Lemenager's leg, scored junior Jackie Rodriguez with the other Terrier run. The Pioneers capped off the scoring with an RBI single by freshman Bianca Zeh (Rhinebeck, NY) in the bottom of the sixth.

St. Francis (1-34, 0-6, NEC) played sloppy defense in the field all day, committing four errors in the first game and three in the second game.

The Pioneers (10-24, 2-2 NEC) will face Mount St. Mary's in a doubleheader on Monday at Pioneer Park. Game time is 1:30 pm.