April 20, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart University softball team dropped game one of its doubleheader to Siena 5-3 in nine innings and tied the second game 3-3. The second game was called after eight innings due to darkness.
The Saints (10-19-1) took an early lead in the first game as Jennifer Griner was driven in on an RBI single from Adrian St. Cin, who later scored on a walk to Stacey Vesling in the top of the first inning. Siena extended it lead in the fifth inning as Sarah Rose drove in Megan Woltz with an RBI double, making it a 3-0 lead.
The Pioneers (9-25-1) battled back in the bottom half of the inning and tied the game on a three-run blast from freshman Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) that easily cleared the left field fence to tie the game at 3-3. The homerun was her fourth of the season and her third in less than a week.
The game went into extra innings where the Saints plated two runs to take a 5-3 lead as St. Cin singled to drive in Griner and Woltz. SHU tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but were able to score as Siena held on for the 5-3 win.
Sacred Heart again spotted Siena a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning when once again the Pioneers battled back to tie the game. SHU capitalized on two critical mistakes as freshman Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA) scored on a wild pitch and Carroll scored on an error to tie the game. Sophomore Heather Gutkes (Newport, RI) grounded out to first base, driving in senior Leslie Konsig (Millburn, NJ) to account for SHU's second run.
The score remained tied after seven innings and after neither team was able to score in the eighth the umpires called the game for the first tie of the season for both squads.
Sacred Heart will return to action when it takes on Hartford in a doubleheader that gets under way at 3:00 pm on Thursday from Pioneer Park.