Pioneers Drop Softball Pair to Quinnipiac

April 15, 2006

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Hamden, CT - Quinnipiac pitchers Kristin Sheriff and Jessica Skaare combined to allow just one run as the Quinnipiac University Softball team swept Sacred Heart, 1-0 and 3-1, in a Northeast Conference doubleheader, Saturday afternoon in Hamden, CT. With the wins, the Bobcats improve to 14-27 (8-1 NEC) while the Pioneers drop to (12-28 (4-6 NEC).

In a classic pitchers' duel, the Pioneers got one runner on base in each of the first five innings against Kristin Sheriff while the Bobcats were held down early on by Sacred Heart pitcher Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA), who struck out nine if the first four innings.

However, Michelle Petree scored the Bobcats first run of the game on a two out RBI single up the middle by Jill Viglione in the bottom of the fifth. Viglione's RBI opportunity presented itself after the Bobcats loaded the bases with singles from Jenna Henry and Petree, a sacrifice bunt from Charron Letarte, and another single from Brianna Sloane. After the Pioneers cut down Henry at the plate on a fielder's choice from Maria Browne, Viglione put the Bobcats on the board.

The Pioneers threatened in the seventh as Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA) led off with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT). Sheriff battled out of trouble, however, striking out junior Jazzeline Perez (Medford, NY) and getting freshman Ashley McDonough (Lompoc, CA) pop-out in foul territory to shortstop Alyssa Mansolf to end the game.

The complete game was Sheriff's third consecutive of the week and second in as many days. She moved to 5-8 on the season, tying her for the team lead in victories. The San Diego, CA native struck out nine Pioneers and scattered five hits and two walks. She allowed a Sacred Heart base-runner in every inning, but never allowed two in the same inning, and let just one runner reach third base.

Spehar (4-9) also struck out nine in the complete game effort. She surrendered six hits and a walk in allowing one earned run in six innings of work.

The Pioneers loaded the bases in the fourth inning of the second game on two errors and a walk. They plated their first run of the game when Brianna Sloane dropped Jenna Henry's throw home of a ground ball hit by pinch hitter Sarah Stack (Falll River, MA).

Bobcat pitcher Jessica Skaare then worked out of trouble, inducing two pop-outs on the infield and striking out the Pioneers' batting average, hits, home runs, and RBI leader Amanda Bradley to end the inning.

The Bobcats did all their damage in the sixth on four hits. Viglione and Sammi Allendorfer set the table with infield hits to the shortstop and Sarah Collins and Henry came through with base hits off Pioneers starter Chrissy DeMott (Levittown, NY). Collins got the Bobcats on the board with a game-tying two out single to left and Henry put Quinnipiac ahead for good with a two run double to left-center-field.

Skaare and company did the rest, getting a fly-out to center fielder Maria Browne, a diving catch of a line drive from Collins at first, and a strikeout to end the game.

Skaare improved to 3-10 with the win, allowing just one unearned run on two hits and five walks while striking out five. Meanwhile, DeMott falls to 2-5 on the season after allowing three earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out three.

The Pioneers are back in action Tuesday when they visit Monmouth. The doubleheader begins at 3:00 pm.