April 29, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Junior Sam Keltos and sophomore Rachel Brennaman combined to allow just five hits and strikeout 17 Pioneers and Pam Shifrin added three hits and two RBI as Central Connecticut shut down Sacred Heart for a doubleheader sweep, 5-0 and 2-0, in NEC softball action Sunday at Pioneer Park.
Brennaman was the most impressive pitcher of the day as she struck out 13 batters and retired 18 of 19 batters at one point in the game. She allowed only two hits, one in the first and one in the seventh innings. Keltos allowed three hits and struck out four in her complete game victory.
Junior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) was impressive for the most for the Pioneers in the first game, as she struck out a season high 12 hitters. However, the Blue Devils got to her for three runs in the first inning which turned out to be the turning point of the game. Allie Falco got things started with a one out single. Allison Rossi followed with a stinging double to the gap in right center, driving in Falco with the first run. Shifrin was the next batter and she launched a ball far over the left centerfield fence for a two run homerun.
Rossi accounted for two more runs as she drove in Falco with an RBI single in the fifth inning and then scored on an error by Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) in the seventh. That was more then enough for Keltos, who did not allow a base runner in the final three innings.
Central Connecticut need only one big inning in game two as well, and it came in the form of a two-run third inning. Tracy Guerrera doubled with one out and then advanced to third on a passed ball, and eventually scored on a wild pitch. After Tiffany Erickson walked, Karen Costes ripped a double to right field that drove-in Erickson with what would prove to be the final run of the day.
Seniors Danielle Mellin (La Canada, CA) and Bethany Lemenager (New Bedford, MA) were able to keep SHU in the game with good pitching but the Pioneers could not scratch out any runs as they were shutout for the second straight game.
The Pioneers are in back action Thursday when they host Siena in their final home game of the year. The doubleheader is set start at 3:30 pm.