April 25, 2004
FAIRFIELD, CT - The Sacred Heart University softball team took the opening game of the doubleheader against St. Francis (PA) University 5-2 before dropping game two 3-1 in nine innings to the Red Flash. The Pioneers scored all of their runs in the first game in the third inning, which was capped off by a three-run double from sophomore Jen Place (Latham, NY).
Prior to the first game getting under way seniors Shannon Bailey (Carmel, NY), Deanna Emery (Gorham, ME), Melissa McManaman (St. James, NY), Grace Teruel (Montague, MA), Katie Ross (Arden Hill, MN) and Leslie Konsig (Millburn, NJ) were honored in a brief pre-game ceremony for their contributions to the SHU softball program.
In the first game the Pioneers (12-28-1, 8-12 NEC) took a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as they scored two unearned runs thanks to a wild pitch and two St. Francis errors that allowed Teruel and freshman Jazzeline Perez (Medford, NY) to score. The lead was pushed to 5-0 on a 3-RBI double by Place that scored Bailey, Ross and freshman Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA).
The Red Flash got on the board in the top of the fifth when Jess Paul was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Brianne McCabe. Sarah Rebar doubled the next inning and then scored on an error, but that was as close as St. Francis could get as Sacred Heart held on for the 5-2 final.
Freshman Danielle Mellin (La Canada, CA) pitched a complete game in recording her fifth win of the season while Christina Chasko took the loss.
In the second game St. Francis took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning as Rebar singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Siobhan Gerber. SHU tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when Konsig reached first on a bunt single and scored on a sacrifice fly from sophomore Heather Gutkes (Newport, RI).
The game went into extra innings when in the top of the ninth the Red Flash plated two runs on a single from Cassie Scofield to take a 3-1 lead. The Pioneers tried to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning, but were unable to push a run home as St. Francis gained a split on the day.
Amanda Pighetti pitched all nine innings to pick up the win while junior Becky Cameron (Girard, OH) took the loss in a relief effort. It was Cameron's first appearance as a pitcher this season.
Sacred Heart returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to St. Johns for a doubleheader scheduled to get under way at 3:00 pm in Jamaica, NY.