April 18, 2009
The Sacred Heart softball team was swept by the Mountaineers in two one-run contests, 1-0 and 6-5, Saturday afternoon in Emmitsburg, MD. Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) was the tough luck loser in both contests for SHU pitching a total of 12.1 innings and allowing just two runs. Jill Timmer (La Mesa, CA) led Sacred Heart offensively with her grand slam in game two of the double dip.
Mount St. Mary’s (10-27, 5-6 NEC) struggled against Pioneer ace Russell as they mustered just two hits through the first seven innings. But Mountaineer starter Jamie Fowler was just as impressive as she threw a nine inning shutout against the Pioneers while allowing just four hits. The Pioneers had their best chance to score in the fifth after a Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) single and a Jasmin Vicente (Wantagh, NY) walk put two runners on with just one out. Fowler would get out of the trouble with a ground out and a pop out to end the frame.
Sacred Heart (13-26, 7-7 NEC) kept the pitcher’s duel going until the bottom half of the ninth. Russell started the inning by hitting the Mount’s Amanda Burk. After recording her seventh strikeout of the afternoon Russell let up back to back single through the left side of the infield and Burk scored from second base to secure the front end of the double header for the Mountaineers.
The Pioneer bats woke up in the first inning of game two of Saturday’s double header. Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) put the Pioneers on top 1-0 with an RBI double to drive in Jessica Perez (Santa Maria, CA). Sacred Heart went on to load the bases in the first put could not break the game open as Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) hit into a fielder’s choice that cut down Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) at the plate and Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) flied out to end the threat.
Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) struggled right off from the start for Sacred Heart as the first five batters she faced reached base, including a walk, a hit by a pitch, and a three run homer from Nicole Reeder. After Reeder’s home run made it 5-1 Mount Tsipouras retired the next three batters she faced. Tsipouras did not allow a hit in the second inning, but it would be her last frame as Russell completed the game in relief.
The Pioneers would not go quietly and pulled the game even in the third inning. Bradley, Fitzsimon, and Harvey all singled to load the bases against Mount starter Amanda Hanson. Timmer then got the call to pinch hit for Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) and delivered with a grand slam to center field to knot the game at five. Timmer’s homer also chased Hanson from the game after just two and two thirds innings of work.
The Mountaineers would push a run across against Russell in the fifth on a bases loaded fielder’s choice to regain the lead at 6-5. Sacred Heart’s last opportunity would come on a two-out rally in the sixth after back-to-back singles from Lee and Perez. Bradley hit the ball back up the middle but it was snared by the pitcher to end the frame as the Mount went on to win 6-5.
Sacred Heart now faces a crucial double header with Monmouth tomorrow afternoon in West Long Branch, NJ. First pitch is set for 12:00 pm.