April 21, 2005
FAIRFIELD, CT (April 21) - The Sacred Heart University softball team (11-17) recovered from a 5-4 ten-inning marathon in game one, to nip the Stony Brook Seawolves (15-27) 2-1 in the back end. The win in game two marks the third consecutive doubleheader that SHU has lost the front end, only to come back and win the second game.
Sacred Heart drew first blood in game one when Brittany Uno (Winnetka, CA) hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score pitcher Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) in the opening frame. Spehar would also take care of business on the mound, holding the Seawolves hitless in the first 5.2 innings before Jane Stein (Merion, PA) singled to right to break up the no-hitter in the sixth.
Stony Brook would go on to score three times in the top of the seventh, including a game-tying solo-shot off the bat of Hayley Durham (San Jose, CA). The Seawolves would also score on an RBI double by Laura Bradford (Big Bear City, CA) and an RBI groundout by Sarah Hoffman (Commack, NY) to give Stony Brook a 3-1 lead.
Neither side would score until Durham would get the big hit again, this time a two-run single in the top of the 10th. SHU reclaimed one of the runs in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to plate the game-tying run.
Game two of the double-dip was a pitchers duel between SHU hurler Danielle Mellin (LaCanada, CA) and Sarah Andrews of Stony Brook. All of the scoring in the game came in the second inning. Suzanne Turek (Cooper City, FL) singled home Durham in the top of the third for the only run that Mellin would allow. SHU tacked on two in the bottom of the inning on a pair of run scoring singles by Cameron and Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA). Mellin made the one-run lead stand, as she didn't allow another runner past second for the duration of the game to give Sacred Heart the 2-1 victory.
The Pioneers conclude their six-game homestand with a 3-3 record. They will now travel for four games as they have doubleheader dates with Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA) on Saturday, April 23rd and Sunday April 24th respectively.