April 15, 2009

Sacred Heart Pioneers Pitch Strong in DH Sweep of Yale

April 15, 2009

Game 1 Boxscore
Game 2 Boxscore

Sophomore Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) recorded a two hit shutout in the Pioneers 4-0 game one win and Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) scattered seven hits and gave up just one run as SHU completed the sweep with a 3-1 victory. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) continued her hot hitting in April going 2-4 with a run scored in each of the two contests.

Sacred Heart (13-22) started Russell in game one and gave up a hit in the first inning but it would be the last for the Bulldogs until the seventh. Russell struck out six Yale batters along the way to earn her eighth win of the season. The Pioneers stuck early as Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) reached base with a single to right in the second inning. Froelich then notched a single of her own and a Bulldog miscue in center field would allow Garza to score as the Pioneers took a 1-0 lead.

Garza would again prove to be the spark plug in the fifth as she and Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) executed a double steal in which Lee took second and Garza swiped home for a 2-0 advantage. Amanda Bradley (Langely, BC) gave the Pioneers some insurance runs with an RBI single in the seventh and another Yale error brought in another run to bring the game to its final score, 4-0.

Yale (16-20) got to Pioneer game two starter Tsipouas early as they scratched across a run in the bottom of the first. The SHU hurler would recover and struck out two batters as she earned her fifth victory of 2009. Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA) put the Pioneers ahead with a two RBI single to right field after Garza and Froelich reached on back to back hits.

Jill Timmer (La Mesa, CA) provided her freshman pitcher with an insurance run in the seventh as she belted a homerun to right center field. A Bulldog single and a Pioneer error would make the last frame interesting but Tsipouras induced a groundball to third and a fly out to right to record the last two outs of the game.

The Pioneers continue their road trip as they take on Stony Brook tomorrow before heading to Monmouth and Mount St. Mary’s for conference tilts this weekend.