April 26, 2008
Fairfield, CT - Senior Breena Reed and freshman Lindsey Moates combined to allow just two runs and seven hits in 14 innings of work and the Robert Morris offense pieced together two runs in each game to record a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart by identical 2-1 scores in Northeast Conference softball action Saturday at Pioneer Park.
Reed began the first game by not allowing a Pioneer hit for the first four innings before Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) singled to begin the bottom of the fifth. The Colonials offense provided all the scoring Reed would need with single runs in the first and third innings. After Lauren Nisivoccia walked with one out in the first, Brooke Panepinto ripped a double to the fence in rightfielder to drive her in. Nisivoccia was in the middle of it again in the third when she belted a run-scoring single, bringing home Jessica Calderone who had tripled with one out.
The Pioneers had an opportunity to cut into the lead in the fourth inning when Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) walked and Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) was hit by a pitch with one out. However, Reed struck out Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) and Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) to end the threat. In the sixth, Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) walked to lead off the inning and Mezzanotte followed with a single through the left side. After Fitzsimon laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, McCoy drove a sacrifice fly to center to score Spehar with SHU's first run. The Pioneers rally ended when the next batter, Harvey, popped up to shortstop.
The second game started just like the first, with neither Moates nor Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) allowing a hit for the first two innings. SHU had a threat in the third inning but left two runners on base. The Colonials picked up two runs on RBI singles by Reed and Annie Dubovec. The Pioneers scored their run on an RBI groundout by senior Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) in the bottom of the fifth.
The losses spoiled two outstanding pitching efforts for Spehar and Russell. Spehar allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out three. Russell gave up just three hits and one walk and struck out six Colonials.
The Pioneers will try to keep their NEC playoff hopes alive when they host Saint Francis (PA) on Senior Day Sunday. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 12:00 pm.