April 16, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Sacred Heart Pioneers were outscored 18-1 in dropping a pair of games to Stony Brook Thursday afternoon. SHU lost the first game 6-1 and fell in the night cap, 12-0. Stony Brook improves to 28-8 (9-2 America East) while Sacred Heart drops to 11-24 (7-5 NEC).
The Pioneers fell behind 4-0 in the first inning of game one but had a chance to get back in the game in the fourth. SHU loaded the bases with no outs on a Courtney Lee single, an Amanda Bradley walk and a fielder's choice by Adrian Fitzsimon. The Pioneers could only push one run across however as a Shannon McCoy single to right plated the SHU's only run of the day. The Seawolves got out of the inning after a Vicente pop out.
While SBU would have five hits and nine base runners over the next four innings, they would not score again until the sixth. With a runner on and one out, Kelsi Fanelli hit her first home run of the day over the left field fence.
In the circle, junior Alyssa Struzenberg allowed only two hits while striking out nine. As strong as Struzenberg was in game one, junior Casey Jacobs was stellar in game two. Allowing only three hits in five innings, Jacobs fanned seven batters while not issuing one free pass.
Offensively, Stony Brook played mostly small-ball in the first inning to plate seven runs. Fanelli and Marissa Fleury would each go on to hit home runs of their own in the second and third innings, respectively. The Seawolves racked up 13 hits in the game, with eight different players scoring at least once. Two of the Pioneers three hits in game two came off the bat of centerfielder Taylor Froelich.
The Pioneers are back on the diamond on Saturday and Sunday heading to Mount St. Mary's and Monmouth in NEC action.