April 21, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Junior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) tossed a four hitter with 10 strikeouts and scored four runs of her own and senior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA) added four RBI to lead Sacred Heart to a crucial doubleheader sweep of Fairleigh Dickinson in Northeast Conference softball action Saturday at Pioneer Park. SHU won by scores of 8-1 and 6-3.
Spehar allowed just one run on four hits to earn the victory in game one, her eighth win of the season. In game two, senior Bethany Lemenager (New Bedford, MA) pitched five and two-third innings of no-hit ball before finally yielding a hit in the sixth to earn her third win of the year.
The Pioneer offense got started early, scoring four runs in the first inning of game one. The big blow was a two-run single off the bat of freshman Jill Iazetta (Linden, NJ). The Knights hurt themselves with defense all day, committing four errors in the first game which led to seven unearned runs for the Pioneers.
SHU tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, aided by two more FDU errors. An RBI double by sophomore Amanda Bradley and run-scoring singles from freshman Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) and sophomore Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) gave the Pioneers all the offense they would need behind Spehar.
In game two the Pioneers had the bats going early again, posting a three spot in the opening inning. The Pioneers loaded the bases with nobody out on two walks and a hit batter. Carroll came up and lined a pitch off the left-centerfield fence for a bases clearing double. SHU added single runs in the next two innings on a Harvey RBI double and perfectly executed suicide squeeze play by sophomore Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA).
After allowing two walks early on, Lemenager cruised through the middle of the game, retiring nine straight batters at one point before finally giving up the first hit of the game to Meghan Doherty, who then scored on an RBI single by Dana Meyers. The Pioneers got the run right back, however, on a sacrifice fly by Carroll in the bottom of the inning.
FDU staged a mini-rally in their final at-bat, scoring two runs and bringing the tying run to the plate. However, Lemenager got Ali Keltos to ground out to first base and Doherty to fly out the centerfield to end the game and seal the victory.
The Pioneers are back in action Tuesday when they host Iona in doubleheader action. Game time at Pioneer Park is set for 3:00 pm.