April 13, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 13) The Sacred Heart University softball team split a doubleheader with the Iona College Gales on Wednesday afternoon at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers took game one 3-1, but fell in the nightcap in a 2-1 pitchers duel. SHU's record now stands at 8-12 (2-2 NEC) while Iona sits at 17-9.
Junior Chrissy DeMott (Levvitown, NY) pitched a three-hit gem in game one shutting down the Gaels to help SHU to the victory. She allowed one run, unearned, over seven innings while punching out five and walking just one. The Pioneers gave DeMott all the support she would need in the bottom of the third, scoring all three of their runs in the frame. Designated player Brittany Uno (Winnetka, CA) led off the inning by reaching on an error by the Gaels leftfielder, which allowed her to reach second. She then took third on a wild pitch by Iona hurler Amanda Glaser. Two batters later Glaser walked Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) before Dana Jusino (Rutherford, NJ) executed a perfect swinging bunt for a single scoring Uno. Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA) singled them home two batters later to give SHU a 3-1 lead.
DeMott put it in cruise control from that point on, allowing a scant three base runners over the last six innings in picking up her first victory of the season.
Game two was a pitchers duel between Spehar of Sacred Heart, and Becky Riccitelli of Iona.
The Gales would once again score in the top of the first, again unearned. They tacked on another run in the second when Danielle Grasso singled home Alexis Garbowski. It looked as if Iona would add to the lead in the second as they had runners on 2nd and 3rd with nobody out, but SHU turned a 4-2-5 triple play to get Spehar out of danger. Lolli Mills sent a humpback liner to deep second that Becky Cameron (Girard, OH) reigned in, Grasso then broke for home and was thrown out easily before SHU completed the triple play by getting Lindsay John at third.
Spehar settled in after the triple play, allowing just two more hits for the duration keeping the Pioneer deficit at only two.
SHU attempted a rally in the bottom of the seventh, crossing one run, but were unable to plate the game tying run as Riccitelli got Uno to strike out swinging to end the game.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday, April 14th, when they travel to Staten Island, NY to take on NEC rivals Wagner for a pair of games. First pitch is at 1:00 PM.