April 18, 2007
Jamaica, NY - Freshman Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) hit a two-run homerun and junior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) tossed a complete game four hitter to lead Sacred Heart to a 2-1 win over St. John's in the first game of a softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon. The Pioneers made three errors in the second game which led to two unearned runs as the Red Storm earned a split with a 2-1 victoy in the nightcap.
Sacred Heart jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning off a two-run home run from Fitzsimon. It was the center fielder's first long ball of the season and only the seventh for the Pioneers.
The Red Storm answered back in the bottom of the side as its first three batters, Danielle Estrada, Spring Montgomery and Shauntaine Harris all reached base safely. With the bases loaded, Bionka King drove in Estrada, posting St. John's first run of the day.
The pitchers duel continued as neither hurler allowed another run for the duration of the game. St. John's starter in the circle, Lisa Geer, fanned nine and allowed only two earned runs.
King, who drove in St. John's only run of game one, recorded the Red Storm's first hit of the second game and came across the plate on a single from Tami Hill in the third inning.
Red Storm pitcher Kim Lerch kept Sacred Heart off the board until the fourth inning when Jacqui Riley's (Burlington, MA) RBI triple tied the game at 1-1.
The combination of King and Hill broke up the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hill's sacrifice to right field allowed King to score, giving St. John's a 2-1 lead. The Red Storm loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but was not able to capitalize.
Lerch tossed a complete game for the Red Storm, striking out seven en route to her sixth victory of the season. She allowed only one earned run on four hits. Senior Bethany Lemenager (New Bedford, MA) didn't allow an earned run in tossing a complete game in a losing effort for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday when they welcome Fairligh Dickinson to Pioneer Park for an NEC doubleheader