Pioneers Stage Late Rally to Salvage Split With Yale
April 10, 2008
Fairfield, CT - Freshman Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) hit a two-out, game-tying, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning and sophomore Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) socked a game-winning double in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Sacred Heart staged a comeback to earn a 3-2 victory over Yale in game two of a softball doubleheader Thursday at Pioneer Park. The Bulldogs won game one, 6-0, when Deanna DiBenardi and Kaya Kuretich combined two allow just two SHU hits.
The Pioneer offense was quiet for the entire day until the bottom of the seventh of game two. With Yale leading 2-0, Senior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) singled with one out to get the rally started. Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) put a single through the left side of the infield and Jasmin Vicente (Wantagh, NY) then reached on a fielder's choice, with Spehar erased at third. With two outs and runners on first and second, Russell ripped a ball to the fence in left field. McCoy scored easily, but it appeared Vicente was going to be thrown out at the plate. However, Bulldogs catcher McKynlee Westman did not apply a tag, instead choosing to throw out Russell trying to advance to third. Vicente scored and the game was tied.
Freshman Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) got the game winning rally started with a lead-off single in the tenth inning. Froelich advanced to second on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt by Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT. The next batter was Fitzsimon and she left no doubt, driving the ball to the fence in right-centerfield to score Froelich with the winning run.
Russell (8-7) won her sixth straight start, pitching all 10 innings while striking out six and not allowing a walk or an earned run. Spehar was 3-for-4 in the game.
The Pioneers made six errors over the course of the doubleheader, leading to six unearned runs. Two of those runs came in the fifth inning of game two. Megan Enyeart reached base to lead off the inning when Fitzsimon misjudged a fly ball in left field. She would score on a single by Holly Gutterud. With two outs, Courtney Blachford hit a groundball to shortstop which should have ended the inning. However, Mezzanotte made a poor throw to first base, allowing Gutterud to score the Bulldogs second run.
Yale built a 2-0 lead in game two with single unearned runs in the first and fifth, both on the strength of run-scoring hits off the bat of senior Aracelis Torres. The Bulldogs broke the game with four runs in the seventh. Eneyart had an RBI single and Allie Canulli ripped a two RBI single in the rally.
The Pioneers return to Northeast Conference play Saturday when they visit Fairleigh Dickinson. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1:00 pm.