April 14, 2006
New Britain, CT - Freshman Ashley McDonough (Lompoc, CA) went 5-8 with eight RBI and four runs scored in two games, and was the winning pitcher in the second game, as Sacred Heart swept a doubleheader from Central Connecticut in softball action Friday. The Pioneers took both games from the Blue Devils 11-2 and 7-2. Central falls to 2-28 overall and 0-8 in the NEC, while SHU improved to 12-26 overall and 4-4 in conference play.
After a scoreless first inning in the first game of the day the Pioneers jumped out to the 5-0 lead after the first inning. McDonough had a three RBI double and shorstop Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) pounded an RBI single to highlight the rally. The Pioneers tacked on two more runs in the third for a 7-0 lead.
Central would score two runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 7-2 when Allen would score on a Deb Munson single and Munson would score on a single by Pam Shifrin. Kristin Kropp ended game one going 2-for-4 while Munson and Shifirn each went 1-for-3 with a RBI.
McDonough hit a two-run homerun in the seventh inning as the Pioneers scored four more runs to break the game open. Sophomore Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) threw a full seven innings to notch her team leading fifth win of the season.
In the second game, Sacred Heart would strike early in the first when McDonough hit a homerun over the leftfield fence off Central starter Brittany Salvatore to start the game. The Pioneers would end the inning with the 2-0 lead when freshman Betsy Harvey recorded an RBI triple. Harvey (Unionville, CT) went 4-4 in the second game to raise her batting average to a team leading 3.19.
The Pioneers added two more runs in the second when McDonough hit and RBI triple and Spehar follwed with an RBI double.
Central would then cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the second when Alison Rossi doubled and then scored on a RBI single by senior Kristen Rozanski. The second run of the inning came after Allen walked and Kropp singled to the outfield to score Allen. Rossi ended game two going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Salvatore would pick up the loss for Central. McDonough would collected th win for the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to cap off the scoring. In addition to being the offensive star, McDonough pitched a complete game, allowing only six hits, to pick up the victory in the nightcap.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday when they visit Quinnipiac. Doubleheader action begins at 1:00 pm