April 23, 2009
Fairfield, CT- Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) tossed seven shutout innings and Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) went 2-2 with two RBI’s as the Pioneer softball team defeated Fairfield 3-0 Thursday afternoon at Pioneer Park. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) also had a good day at the plate knocking two base hits of her own and scoring twice.
Sacred Heart (16-26) jumped out to a 1-0 lead early after Froelich led off the bottom of the first with a single and would eventually score on a Lee bunt single. Fairfield (18-22) starter Meghan Borst went just three innings and allowed three runs, two earned, four hits, and strike out one. In the third inning the Pioneers put runners on second and third with one out and Lee at the dish. Lee put the ball into the air and successfully executed a sacrifice fly. Fairfield first baseman Allison Ritacco threw away the relay throw allowing Froelich to trot home as SHU built a 3-0 advantage.
From there the pitching arm of Jen Russell was enough to secure the win for Sacred Heart as the sophomore hurler scattered four hits and struck out six in her 11th win of the year. The performance was Russell’s 20th complete game of the season and fifth shutout, tops in the NEC in both categories. Fairfield threatened in the fifth after a SHU error and had runners at the corners but Russell struck out Borst looking to end the frame. The Stags also put a runner on the sixth but she was thrown out trying to steal after Alyssa Garza (Valencia, CA) made a great leaping catch and slapped the tag down after a high throw.
The Pioneers return to action Saturday afternoon in the NEC regular season finale against Fairleigh Dickinson. Senior day festivities will precede the game which is set for 1:00 pm at Pioneer Park. If the Pioneers sweep the double header they could very well find their way into the NEC playoffs for the first time in program history.