Pioneers Win Seventh Straight With Sweep of Seton Hall

April 28, 2009

Game 1 Boxscore
Game 2 Boxscore

The Sacred Heart softball team continued rolling as they swept a double header with Seton Hall Tuesday afternoon in South Orange, NJ. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) scored three times and Jill Timmer (La Mesa, CA) drove in four as Sacred Heart earned a 9-5 victory in game one. Betsy Harvey (Unionville, CT) and Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA) both went two for three as the Pioneers completed the sweep with a 5-1 triumph.

Sacred Heart (20-26) started sophomore Kylie Abrams (Thousand Oaks, CA) who went five innings and allowed just two earned runs as she picked up her first victory of 2009. The Pioneers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI double from Harvey to drive in Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) who singled earlier in the inning. Froelich used her speed to manufacture another run for Sacred Heart after a bunt single, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and an error made the score 2-0.

Seton Hall (24-30-1) cut the SHU advantage in half after loading the bases in the third but could not tie the game and stranded two runners. Timmer broke the game open in the fifth inning for Sacred Heart as she laced a three-run RBI double as SHU built a 6-1 advantage. Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) added two more runs with a single in the sixth and Timmer got her fourth RBI drawing a bases loaded walk to make the score 9-3. Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) finished the game off for Sacred Heart, pitching the last two innings and allowing two runs, one earned, as the Pioneers earned a 9-5 victory.

Russell went the distance for Sacred Heart in game two striking out six and scattering five hits. The Pioneers came out firing in game two and raced out to a 2-0 advantage after a Bradley RBI and a passed ball. Rudloff padded the SHU cushion with an RBI single in the third to drive in Harvey. A Seton Hall miscue on a dropped fly ball in the fourth would allow Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) to cross the plate for the Pioneers fourth run.

The Pirates scratched across their only run in the fifth as they strung together three straight singles. Sacred Heart would immediately respond in the top of the sixth as Garza doubled and a Seton Hall error made the score 5-1. Russell sealed the deal for the Pioneers as the retired the side in order in the seventh for Sacred Heart's seventh straight win.

The Pioneers are back in action Thursday at Fairfield, first pitch is set for 3:30 pm. This will be the second meeting between the two teams, Sacred Heart won the first contest 3-0.