April 12, 2008
TEANECK, NJ - Freshman pitcher Jen Russell (Seymore, CT) scattered five hits and struck out three to help the Sacred Heart softball team to a 7-1 win over Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday in the second game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader. FDU won the opener, 4-0. The win moved the Pioneers to 16-17 overall and 7-3 in the NEC.
Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) bunted for a single to lead off the third inning of the opener but the Knights dug in defensively. Maria Finnegan chased down a foul tip behind the plate and on the next play, Justina Augustine ran down a fly ball in the outfield and then shot it to first to turn a double play and end the inning.
FDU got on the board in the fourth when Finnegan was hit by a pitch by Megan Spehar to plate Kristen Coughlan.
In the fifth, Brittany Sheppard dropped a hit behind second base to push Hope Hilman across the plate to give the Knights' a 2-0 lead. Hilman had led off the frame with a walk. An RBI double to right center by Meghan Doherty sent Sheppard home and Augustine's single down the right line scored Doherty to secure the win for FDU.
In the first inning of the nightcap, Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) smacked a two-run double to the fence to plate Mezzanotte and Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA), who both reached on singles, to help SHU grab an early 2-0 lead.
The Pioneers tacked on two more runs in the second inning when Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) led off with a single and Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) hit her first career home run over the center field fence for a 4-0 lead.
Benedict started the fourth inning for FDU with a single as she beat out the throw from the third baseman. Hilman shot one through the right side to push her across the plate and make the score 4-1. Glidden then hit a long drive to right field, but Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) had a diving catch to end the inning.
Sacred Heart put two more runs on in the fifth inning on a single to right center by McCoy. On the second pitch of the sixth inning, Froelich sent her second home run of the game over the fence for a 7-1 edge.