April 10, 2006
Fairfield, CT - Senior Maria Lutz allowed only one run in a complete game, and junior Reanna Tuczynski tossed a complete game, three hit shutout as Mount St. Mary's held off Sacred Heart twice, 2-1 and 1-0, to sweep a Northeast Conference softball doubleheader Monday at Pioneer Park.
The Mountaineer hurlers out-dueled the Pioneer pitchers, sophomore Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) and senior Chrissy DeMott (Levittown, NY). Lutz allowed just six hits and did not walk a batter in winning her 11th game. Tuczynksi allowed just three hits, setting down 17 straight Pioneers at one point. On the other side, Spehar allowed only four hits and one earned run, walking three and striking out five. DeMott allowed seven hits and did not walk a batter, striking out three.
Sacred Heart, which struggled offensively all day, jumped on top first in the opening game, plating a run in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by freshman Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) which scored Spehar.
The Pioneers held the lead until the 5th inning when fielding errors hurt them. A walk and two singles loaded the bases for the Mountaineers and brought senior Kathleen Housman to the plate. Housman hit a slow roller back to Spehar, who threw her out at first base, allowing freshman Kim Fowler to score the tying run. However, Bradley thought she could throw Fowler out at the plate, but her throw was up the third baseline and got past catcher Ashley McDonough (Lompoc, CA), allowing sophomore Jessica Burke to score the eventual game winning run.
The Pioneers had an opportunity to take an early lead in the nightcap. In the bottom of the first, McDonough reached on an error and Bradley singled. But with runners on the corners, Tuczynksi bore down to get the next two hitters out and retire the side.
The only run of the second game came in the top of the second inning when Burke hit a sacrifice fly to score Lutz. The run was set up when Spehar, playing right field, dropped a fly ball which allowed Ashley Monsour to reach base and extend the inning.
After the first inning, the Pioneers did not have another base runner until the bottom of the seventh when freshman Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) and junior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) recorded back-to-back singles to put the tying and winning runs on base with only one out. However, Dana Jusino (Rutherford, NJ) struck out and Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) hit into a fielder's choice to end the game.
The Pioneers (10-26, 2-4 NEC) are back in action Friday when they visit Central Connecticut State for a doubleheader. Game time is 12:00 pm.