April 17, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart University softball team split a doubleheader with visiting Wagner on Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Park. The Pioneers (9-22, 6-8 NEC) took game one 1-0 while the Seahawks (14-21-1, 9-7 NEC) came back to take game two 4-1.
Freshman Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning in the first game to give SHU the only run they needed in the game. Carroll took the 2-1 pitch from Morgan Miller and drove it over the tennis court's fence for her second round tripper of the season.
Freshman pitcher Danielle Mellin (La Canada, CA) went the distance for her second complete game win in as many starts while allowing just two hits and striking out six. Miller took the loss for Wagner after allowing three hits with two strikeouts.
The Seahawks jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Kim Bruckner came up and delivered an RBI single to drive in Jessica Van Manen who singled and later stole second. Sacred heart tied the game in the bottom of the second when freshman Jazzeline Perez (Medford, NY) scored on an error. The Pioneers nearly took the lead on the same play, but sophomore Heather Gutkes (Newport, RI) was thrown out on a close call at the plate.
Wagner took control of the game in the top of the fourth inning as the plated three runs on four hits and a costly SHU error that kept the inning alive with two outs. The Pioneers tried to rally in the bottom of the sixth inning as they the bases loaded with one out, but Miller came into the game and recorded two quick outs to end the inning.
Christina Hopkins scattered nine hits over 5.1 inning of work in recording her fifth win of the season while Miller picked up a save after closing out he last 1.2 innings. Freshman Bethany Lemenager (New Bedford, MA) took the loss for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers return to action to morrow when they travel to Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ for a doubleheader that gets under way at noon.