Spehar, Carroll lead SHU to split with Fairleigh Dickinson
April 19, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 19) - The Sacred Heart University softball team (10-16, 4-6 NEC) rebounded from a 9-2 loss in game one to Fairleigh Dickinson (9-19, 3-7 NEC) to defeat the Knights 7-4 in game two to earn a split at Pioneer Park on Tuesday evening.
After the teams traded runs in the first inning, FDU went on top to stay with a big four-run third inning where they sent eight batters to the plate against SHU pitcher Chrissy DeMott (Levittown, NY). The big hit of the inning was a double off the bat of Courtney Rejent (Paramus, NJ) to open the floodgates.
The Knights would tack on runs in both the sixth and seventh while allowing just a Pioneer run in the bottom of the third to cruise to a 9-2 victory in the front end.
The tables were turned in game two, as the Pioneers bats came alive to the tune of seven runs on eight hits. SHU scored twice in the both the first and second to take a 4-1 lead heading into the third, but Fairleigh Dickinson struck back in the third with three runs of their own to knot the game at four. All four of the FDU runs were unearned.
For the second straight game it would be Caitlin Carroll to deliver the game-winning hit, this time it came in the bottom of the third inning as her solo blast put the Pioneers up for good at 5-4. She would later plate two on a base hit in the fourth to close the scoring for the game.
Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) pitched a perfect final 3.2 innings of the game in relief of Danielle Mellin (LaCanada, CA) to pick up the victory. She struck out seven of the nine batters she faced, including k-ing the side in both the fifth and seventh innings.
The Pioneers return to action on Thursday, April 21st when they host non-conference opponents Stony Brook to close out a six-game home stand. First pitch is at 3:00 PM.