April 17, 2010
Emmittsburg, MD - Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) launched three homeruns as the Pioneer softball team swept the Mount St. Mary's Saturday afternoon. The Sacred Heart bats were red hot late in game one as SHU pulled away in the seventh for an 11-6 come from behind victory. The Pioneers needed extra innings in the finale as Jasmin Vicente (Wantagh, NY) came up with a game winning RBI double in the ninth.
Sacred Heart (17-18, 6-4 NEC) struck first in game one as Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) led off the game with a double and later scored an Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) RBI single. The Mountaineers immediately responded posting three runs in each of the first two innings as they built an early 6-1 advantage. The Pioneers posted one run in the third and fourth innings as Fitzsimon and Lee both supplied solo blasts.
The Pioneers pulled ahead in the fifth innings with a four run effort. Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) reached base on a one out error and Lee made the Mount pay for the mistake with a two run homer. Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) followed that with a single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Back-to-back doubles from Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) and Froelich propelled SHU to a 7-6 lead.
SHU gave starting pitcher Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) plenty of insurance with four more runs in the top of the seventh. McCoy lifted a two-run double of her own down the left field line while Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) and Vicente also notched an RBI in the frame to make it 11-6. Russell had a rare off game but still earned the victory striking out seven Mountaineers in the opener.
Mount St. Mary's (21-18, 4-6 NEC) again jumped out early picking up two runs in the first inning. Lee cut the deficit in half leading off the second inning with her third homerun of the day. Sacred Heart tied the game in the top of the sixth on a Montemagni sacrifice fly. Later in the inning SHU would successfully execute a double steal as Froelich took second and Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA) scampered home for the go ahead run. The Mountaineers leveled the game in the following inning drawing three walks, including one to force in a run.
Lee had what looked to be the game winning hit in the top of the seventh, this time dropping an RBI single into right field to make it a 4-3 affair. But the Mount would not go quietly and tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on an infield single. Garza started the ninth with a single and eventually scored on Vicente's double to cross the plate with what would be the game winning run.
SHU game two starter Nicole Sidor (North Vancouver, BC) finished the game after 7.2 innings allowing four runs while striking out eight. Russell closed out the game for the Pioneers picking up the last five outs and earning her second victory of the day.
The Pioneers return to action tomorrow as they take on Monmouth in a double header in West Long Branch, NJ. Game time is set for 12:00 pm.