Sacred Heart Salvages Split Against Robert Morris with 12 Inning Marathon Win
April 5, 2009
The Pioneer softball team concluded its road trip to western Pennsylvania by splitting a pair of games in Sunday’s double header with NEC rival Robert Morris. After losing the opener 4-2 Sacred Heart outlasted the Colonials through 12 innings and used four runs in the 12th inning as well as six plus innings of relief from game one starter Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) to earn the 9-6 victory.
Sacred Heart (9-18, 5-3 NEC) started fast in Sunday’s key double header as they scored two quick runs to jump out to a 2-0 advantage. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) continued her incredibly hot hitting, going 6 for 10 on the day, with a leadoff double to start the game. Courtney Lee and Shannon McCoy would provide the RBI’s in the inning.
Robert Morris (16-15, 4-3 NEC) would capitalize on two Pioneer errors and notch four unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Colonials would have to hold off SHU as the Pioneers stranded nine runners on base in the final five innings. Sacred Heart’s best scoring chance would come in the top of the sixth as they left the bases loaded after a Robert Morris error and two base on balls. Robert Morris would get the force out on home on a ball back to the pitcher and retire the Pioneers in the seventh to secure the 4-2 win.
The Pioneers would again jump out to an early lead in game two as McCoy smashed an RBI double to left field in the second inning. SHU would extend its lead an inning later as Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) clocked an RBI double of her own and McCoy again delivered with an RBI single to bring the Sacred Heart advantage to 3-0. The Pioneers continued pouring it on and went up four in the fifth inning as Harvey’s RBI single made it 4-0. T
he Colonials made a late surge and finally got to starter Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) with the help of several SHU errors RMU closed the gap to 4-3. Robert Morris was able to scrap together a run in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extras. Froelich would break the tie in the 11th inning with an RBI single to score Jasmin Vicente(Wantagh, NY). The Pioneer defense would again allow an unearned run but Robert Morris wouldn’t be able to find the walk-off hit and the game headed to the 12th inning.
Sacred Heart would score four times in the 12th inning to build what would be a decisive advantage, Fitzsimon capped the rally with a two run homer. The Pioneer pitching staff was exceptional again as they only allowed one earned runs through 19 total innings of play on Sunday afternoon. Russell pitched 12.1 innings, allowing one run and striking out eight as well as picking up the victory in game two.
SHU will return to action as they travel to Hanover, NH to take on Dartmouth for a Thursday afternoon double dip. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.