Carroll's walk off single leads SHU to split with Quinnipiac
April 18, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 18) - The Sacred Heart University softball team (9-15, 3-5 NEC) used a deep single off the bat of Caitlin Carroll (Los Alimitos, CA) in the bottom of the seventh to earn a doubleheader split with the Quinnipiac Bobcats (10-22, 6-6 NEC) at Pioneer Park on Monday afternoon.
The Bobcats cruised in game one of the double dip, scoring twice in the first and one in the second to go up quickly 3-0. Quinnipiac hurler Kristin Sheriff (San Diego, CA) kept the SHU bats at bay; surrendering just four hits over seven innings and not allowing a runner to get to third base. Her defense would make sure that the runs stood up for her, playing an errorless game behind her before tacking on runs in the sixth and seventh to win 6-0. Bobcat third basemen Brandi Simon (Mundelin, IL) led the defensive charge throwing out nine Pioneer base runners as well as snatching a screeching liner.
Game two was a different story, as SHU would draw first blood scoring a pair of unearned runs in the third inning. After back-to-back Quinnipiac errors put runners on the corners Brittany Uno (Winnetka, CA) hit a sacrifice fly and Carroll singled to right to give SHU a 2-0 lead. Simon would knot the game at two, atoning for an error in the previous inning, by blasting a two-run homer onto the tennis courts in left field off of pitcher Chrissy DeMott (Levittown, NY).
Sacred Heart had runners on third with less than two outs in both the fourth and sixth innings, but twice Quinnipiac pitcher Kim Norman (Somersworth, NH) got out of the jams to preserve the deadlock.
The Pioneers would take advantage of another Quinnipiac error, in order to put themselves in a position to win in the bottom of the seventh. Jazzeline Perez (Medford, NY) opened the inning with a walk and was sacrificed over to second by Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT). After getting the next batter to strike out, Norman induced what looked to be a routine 6-3 putout, but Quinnipiac's shortstop Alyssa Mansolf (Durham, CT) throw bounced in the dirt and first basemen Sammi Allendorfer (Glenside, PA) couldn't hang on as Uno reached on the error setting up Carroll for the game winning hit. Carroll took the first two pitches before sending a shot to the opposite field over the head of the outfielder to score the winning run.
Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) picked up the victory in relief for SHU while Norman took the tough-luck loss without giving up an earned run.
The Pioneers return to action on Tuesday afternoon, when they host Farleigh Dickinson at Pioneer Park for a doubleheader with the first pitch scheduled for 3:00 PM.