Pioneers Swept by Monmouth in Softball Finale

May 6, 2007

Box Score

West Long Branch, NJ - Sophomore Kristine Sawlsville threw a complete-game,two-hit gem, fanning 12 Pioneers, while only walking one batter in game one and the Hawks offense exploded for 10 runs in game two as Monmouth swept Sacred Heart, 2-0 and 10-4, in an NEC softball doubleheader Sunday.

In game one, the winning run was supplied by junior Gina Mignogna, who lifted a two-out, full count fastball over the left field fence to give MU a 1-0 lead in the botks otom of the third inning. The home run was Mignogna's first of her career in the Blue and White.

The insurance run came as Candice Palumbo drove a two out pitch on a 2-2 count for a run-scoring single up the middle to score Jessica Nicola who went 2-for-3 in the game, and put the Blue and White up 2-0.

The loss spoiled another solid outing by junior Megan Spehar (Thousand Oaks, CA), who allowed six hits in five innings. Spehar and freshman Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) had the only Pioneer hits in game one.

Sacred Heart held a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth in game two. The Pioneers plated two runs in the first on an RBI single by sophomore Amanda Bradley (Langely, BC). Fitzsimon drove in another run with a double in the second inning and Spehar added an RBI single in the fourth. However, the lead was short-lived.

Monmouth exploded for eight runs and seized control of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Mignogna drilled a RBI double to left, missing a home run by a foot to begin the rally. Lee Simonetti then laced a two-RBI double to tie the game at 4-4 two pitches after being knocked down after fouling a ball off the instep of her left leg. Dawn Gilchrist supplied the big hit with a three-run, bases-clearing triple with the sacks full of Hawks to put MU up 7-4. Kara O'Dell then smacked a two-run home run to put the Hawks up 9-4.

The Pioneers finished the season 16-28 overall and 7-11 in Northeast Conference play.