Quinnipiac Silences SHU Bats for Doubleheader Sweep
April 28, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Junior Kristin Sheriff went 3-for-6 with and RBI and tossed a three hit complete game and freshman Krista Seeman was 4-for-7 with an RBI and allowed only three hits over eight innings to earn her team leading eighth win of the year in game two as Quinnipiac swept Sacred Heart in an NEC softball doubleheader Saturday at Pioneer Park. The Bobcats won by scores of 3-1 and 3-2, with the nightcap going eight innings.
The two Quinnipiac pitchers combined to set down 24 straight Pioneer batters at point across the two games. Sheriff got the Bobcats started with an RBI single in the top of the second in the first game which drove home Sami Allendorfer.
The Pioneers answered back in the bottom of the third with a run-scoring single off the bat of sophomore Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) which brought home junior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) with the tying run. Spehar pitched well for SHU, allowing only four hits and striking out five.
The Bobcats built a two run lead on single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. A sacrifice fly from Maria Browne drove in Emily Bellush with what proved to be the game-winning run. In the sixth, Seeman led off with a single and advanced to third on a sacrifice and a stolen base. A throwing error by Sarah Stack (Fall River, MA) allowed Christine Bourdeau to reach and Seaman to score the third and final run.
Seeman powered the Bobcats in game two, both at the bat and in the circle. She got the offense started in the third when she laced a triple into the right field corner, scoring Browne. Seeman would later score on a base-hit by Sammi Allendorfer to make it 2-0.
The Pioneers didn't have a base runner through the first 10 batters of the game until Harvey was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth. After a wild pitch advanced Harvey to second, senior Caitlin Carroll (Los Alamitos, CA), who had two hits in the nightcap, deposited a single into center field to put the Pioneers on the board. SHU tied the game in the fifth. After Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA) reached on an error by the shortstop, freshman Nicole Stoltz (El Paso, TX drove her in with a single up the middle.
Neither team could score in the final innings as Seeman and the combination of Bethany Lemenager (New Bedford, MA) and Danielle Mellin (La Canada, CA) kept the opposition in check. Bourdeau singled to lead off the top of the eighth inning and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Mellin. After a sacrifice bunt by Sherriff, Katie Allendorfer brought Bourdeau home with a sacrifice fly for the game winning run.
The Pioneers are back in action Sunday when they host Central Connecticut on Senior Day at Pioneer Park. First pitch is set for 12:00 pm.