Pioneers Welcome Bobcats and Blue Devils to Pionner Park to Open NEC Play
March 27, 2009
Heading In...The Pioneers open NEC play this weekend as they welcome instate rivals Quinnipiac and Central Connecticut to Pioneer Park. All three teams enter this weekend struggling but will look to remedy early season troubles with a quick trip to the top of the Northeast Conference standings after opening weekend.
Russell Rolls Along... Despite a deceiving record Jen Russell has provided the Pioneers with one quality start after another in 2009. The sophomore hurler has a 2.72 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a .218 batting average.
Bobcats and Brooms... In the past two years Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac have swept the other, with the visiting team doing the damage in both series. The Pioneers came out on top last year earning two important wins 4-2 and 9-1. The Bobcats are led this year by Christine Bourdeau’s .314 batting average, 11 runs scored, and nine stolen bases.
Scouting the Blue Devils... Central Connecticut’s best performers early in 2009 are Katherine Knowles, .370 batting average, and Elizabeth Montemurro, 3.53 ERA. The Blue Devils will try to bounce back after being swept by Fairfield earlier this week. CCSU takes on Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday before arriving at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
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 12 bags and being caught just once. First baseman Courtney Lee leads the Pioneers with a perfect 4 for 4 mark.
Defensive Troubles... Sacred Heart has struggled with its gloves this year, committing 27 errors in 17 games to compile a .948 fielding percentage. The Pioneers took a small step forward in Wednesday’s double header with UConn playing a defensively clean two games.
Up Next... Sacred Heart takes to the road next week with a double header at Hartford Thursday before hoping on a bus to Pennsylvania for the weekend. The Pioneers will continue NEC play at Saint Francis (PA) Saturday and Robert Morris Sunday.