May 8, 2009
Queens, NY- The Sacred Heart softball team made its first appearance in the NEC tournament a positive one with a 4-2 win over Robert Morris Friday afternoon at St. John’s University. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) and Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) both hit solo home runs as the Pioneers and Colonials were tied at two after six innings. Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) would play the role of hero with a game-winning two run bomb in the top of the seventh.
Pioneer starter Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) and Colonial hurler Alexa Bryson were locked in a pitcher’s duel early with the score tied at zero after four innings. Russell would finish the day with the complete game win and just one earned run, scattering seven hits and striking out two. Harvey would break the scoreless affair with a solo homerun to lead off the fifth inning. The Colonials would scratch two runs across in their half of the fifth with assistance from a Harvey fielding error.
With her team down 2-1 in the sixth, second team All-NEC selection Froelich belted a one out blast over the scoreboard in left field to tie the game at two. Another second team selection, Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC), led off the seventh frame with a walk for Sacred Heart. Two batters later Fitzsimon hit a rocket over the fence in dead center field to provide what would be the game winning runs. “I was just looking for a base hit up the middle and (the pitcher) left the ball up in the zone”, said Fitzsimon. “We were down 2-1 but we stayed confident, losing was never an option for me.”
After the game Co-Head Coach Bippy Luckie commented, “The girls never panicked and are playing with great confidence. Our confidence and maturity have us believing we can win every game, especially the tight ones.”
The win extends the Pioneers winning streak to 10 games and advances SHU into the winner’s bracket to face #4 seed Monmouth, who upset LIU in the tournament’s first game. Sacred Heart and Monmouth will play at approximately 5:15 with the winner advancing to tomorrow’s NEC Championship game.