April 30, 2009
The Pioneers extended their winning streak to eight, the longest in the programs division one history, with a 4-0 victory over Fairfield Thursday afternoon. Freshman pitcher Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) allowed just two hits and struck out a career high 10 batters in six innings of work to earn her sixth win of 2009. Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) went 3-4 and provided power at the plate launching a two run homer in the win.
Sacred Heart (21-26) struck first in the top of the third, Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) started the rally after getting hit by a pitch and was pitch run for by Kaleigh Burke (Carmel, NY). After a successful sacrifice bunt from Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA), Lee singled and an error would allow Burke to cross the plate. Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) followed Lee ripping an RBI double to extend the SHU advantage to 2-0.
Fairfield (20-25) got its first hit of the contest in the fourth as Meghan Borst singled to start the inning. Tsipouras bounced back quickly and struck out the side to immediately end the threat. Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) entered the game in center field for Froelich and laced a leadoff single in the fifth. Lee followed two batters later with a two run blast, her first of the year, to put Sacred Heart up 4-0.
Kylie Abrams (Thousand Oaks, CA) pitched the final inning for Sacred Heart and after a one out single induced a double play ball from Kristen Bowen for the final two outs. The Pioneers will now head to Bryant for one game Saturday afternoon in its final tune up before the NEC tournament, which begins May 8. First pitch against the Bulldogs is set for noon.