April 30, 2008

Pioneers Post Two Wins Over Stony Brook in Softball Finale

April 30, 2008

Box Score

Fairfield, CT - Freshman Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) hit a game winning double in the bottom of the seventh in game one and freshman Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) allowed just four hits and one unearned run in game two as Sacred Heart tallied wins of 1-0 and 2-1 over Stony Brook in season-ending softball action Wednesday at Pioneer Park.

The first game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, although both teams had numerous chances to score before that point. The teams combined for just six hits but neither Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA) nor Alyssa Struzenberg had any control from the pitching rubber, walking seven, and five respectively in the game. However, nobody could take advantage as Stony Brook left 12 runners on base in the game while SHU stranded eight.

With the game scoreless in the final inning, junior Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) walked with one out. After Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) was hit by a pitch to put two runner on, Froelich ripped a pitch from Struzenberg to the fence in right-centerfield, easily bringing home Harvey and giving the Pioneers the victory.

Despite the control problems, Spehar was able to work out of trouble to earn her ninth win of the season. She had four strikeouts and finished her career with 416 strikeouts, the second most of any player in school history.

Russell was outstanding in game two, scattering four hits while striking out five and not walking a batter. The Pioneers scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third inning. With two out and two runners on sophomore Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) ripped a ball through the right side and into right field. Seawolves rightfielder Ashley Westphal bobbled the ball, allowing not only Froelich to score, but also Melissa Mezzanotte (North Haven, CT) to race home as well.

Stony Brook cut the SHU lead in half in the fifth when Westphal reached on a fielding error by Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA), allowing Katelyn O'Donell to come home. However, the Seawolves got no closer, as Russell retired seven of the final eight batters she faced to earn her team leading 14th victory of the season.

The Pioneers finished the season with 23 wins, the most in the program's Division I history.