Pioneers Drop NCAA Regional Opener to #3 Washington, 9-1

May 15, 2009

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Amherst, MA-Washington’s Danielle Lawrie picked up her 33rd win of the season as the Huskies defeated Sacred Heart 9-1 in the program’s debut game at the NCAA tournament. Junior Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) drove in Sacred Heart’s only run with a double to the center field wall. Lawrie fanned 12 Pioneers and allowed just two hits as #3 Washington will advance into the winner’s bracket tomorrow afternoon.

Sacred Heart (25-27) fell behind early as the Huskies scratched across a run after Kimi Pohlman singled, stole a base, and was driven in by Jenn Salling. Washington (42-10) started off strong behind Lawrie as the red shirt junior retired the first 10 hitters she faced. Pioneer starter Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) worked out of trouble often as Washington left nine runners on base in the first four innings. The Huskies broke the game open to 7-0 with a three-run fourth inning capped by a two-RBI single from Niki Williams.

The Pioneers caught a break in the fifth as Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) was hit in the forearm to lead off the frame. Fitzsimon followed Harvey with a rope to straight away center as Sacred Heart scored its first ever run in the NCAA tournament. With the help of a Pioneer error the Huskies scored twice more in the fifth as the run rule was invoked to end the game at 9-1.

Sacred Heart will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 pm in an elimination game in the Amherst Regional of the NCAA Tournament at the UMass Softball Complex. The Pioneers will take on the loser of Friday’s night cap between #24 UMass and Cornell.