April 30, 2006

Pioneer Softball Rallies For Split With Wagner

April 30, 2006

Box Score

Fairfield, CT - Sophomore Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) threw a complete game shutout and freshman Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) drove in a run and scored another as Sacred Heart rallied for a 2-0 win in game two and a doubleheader split with Wagner in softball action Sunday at Pioneer Park. The Seahawks took the opener 2-1.

Spehar scattered eight hits and struck out five batters to pick up her team leading sixth victory of the season.

The Pioneers jumped on top in the first inning of the nightcap. Freshman Ashley McDonough (Lompoc, CA) led off with a double and would score on a double by Harvey. The Pioneers built their other run in the third inning when Harvey led off with a double off the center field wall and later scored on an RBI single by junior Jacqui Riley (Burlington, MA).

The Seahawks put two runners on base in the seventh inning and had the go ahead run at the plate, but Spehar struck out Natalie Stephens and Katie Stevens to end the game. Both teams had multiple opportunities to score runs but couldn't as Sacred Heart left nine runners on base while Wagner stranded eight.

Defense plagued the Pioneers in the first game, as they committed four errors, two in the fourth inning which led to a run for Wagner. With runners on first and second, sophomore Margaret Gallia laid down a sacrifice bunt attempt. Firstbaseman Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) tried to throw the runner out a third but threw the ball away, allowing Joy Gallagher to score the first run of the day.

The Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when McDonough walked with the bases loaded. However, the next batter, Jazzeline Perez (Medford, NY) would hit into a fielder's choice to end the play and the Pioneers left the bases loaded.

The Seahawks scored the game winning run in the top of the sixth when sophomore Ami Iwicki hit a single to drive in sophomore Victoria Batistelli from second base.

Junior Morgan Miller got the win for Wagner in game one, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out two in going the distance.

Senior Chirssy DeMott (Levittown, NY) took the loss on senior day, although she only allowed five hit and one earned run, and struck out five in her seven innings.

The Pioneers (14-32, 6-10 NEC) will host St. Francis (PA) and Robert Morris next weekend to close out their season.