Pioneer Softball Set for Wednesday Home Opener in Double Dip With UConn

March 23, 2009

Connecticut (9-8, 0-2 Big East) vs. Sacred Heart (3-12, 0-0 NEC)
March 25, 2009: 2:30 pm
Fairfield, CT - Pioneer Park

Complete Game Notes in PDF Format

Heading In...The Pioneers will have their final non-conference tune-up Wednesday afternoon as they host the UConn Huskies in a double header in the home opener at Pioneer Park. Sacred Heart starts Northeast Conference play at home this weekend with tilts against Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State.

The Real McCoy... Catcher Shannon McCoy leads the Pioneers in batting average, slugging percentage, hits, and is tied for first in homeruns one third of the way through the 2009 season. The sophomore is batting at a .367 clip with 11 hits, slugging .600, and has launched two longballs already this year.

Russell Off to Solid Start... Sophomore pitcher Jen Russell has provided early consistency in the circle for the Pioneers this season. After picking up her first two wins of the year at the Rebel Games she has a 2.81 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .213 average.

Tough One-Run Games... Through the first 15 games of ‘09 SHU has played seven one run contests, compiling a 1-6 record.

Senior Run Producer... Senior captain Betsy Harvey has made her presence felt in the heart of the Pioneer batting order, leading SHU in runs scored and RBI. Harvey has crossed the plate six times and notched eight RBI.

Stealing with Ease... Sacred Heart has been extremely efficient in steal attempts in 2009 swiping 11 bags and being caught just once. First baseman Courtney Lee leads the Pioneers with a perfect 4 for 4 mark.

Unearned Runs... The Pioneer pitchers have allowed 81 runs in 15 games but one-third of those are of the unearned variety. Sacred Heart has compiled a .941 fielding percentage while tallying 27 errors.

Up Next... Instate rivals Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut State will come to Fairfield, CT this weekend to kickoff the conference portion of the 2009 schedule. The Pioneers swept the Bobcats in Hamden last year and earned a split with the Blue Devils at Pioneer Park.