Pioneers Downed by Monmouth

Pioneers Downed by Monmouth

Fairfield, Conn. (March 30, 2013)—The Sacred Heart Softball team managed just one run in Saturday's doubleheader against Monmouth University. The Pioneers were shutout 1-0 in the first game, and fell 6-1 in the second. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) had the only SHU RBI with a solo homerun to left field in the second game. Sacred Heart is now 16-11 this season, and 2-2 against Northeast Conference opponents.

The Pioneers outhit Monmouth in the first game 6-4, but were unable to drive in any runs as they left 11 runners on base. Sidor got the loss in game one, giving up one run on four hits over seven innings. The senior struck out four batters and walked just one.

With runners on first and second and two outs, Monmouth's Vanessa Cardoza singled to right centerfield knocking in the game's only run before Kayla Weiser was tagged out in a rundown on her way to third base.

Sidor and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) went 2-for-4 at the plate in the 1-0 loss.

Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.) got the loss in game two. The sophomore pitched 2.2 innings giving up the first three runs on five hits. 

The Hawks put the first run on the board in the top of the third inning. With runners on first and second with two outs, Kayleena Flores reached on an error by the SHU first baseman, while Alicia DeSanto rounded third to score. The Hawks added two more runs with Shannon Fitzgerald's two-RBI single to centerfield. Trying to minimize scoring, Co-Head Coach Elizabeth Luckie made a pitching change, bringing in Taylor Lane (Lisbon, Conn.) who got the next batter to ground out to second to get out of the inning.

Down 3-0 in the bottom of the third, Sidor, who was 3-for-4 in the game, crushed a ball to left field for a homerun putting Sacred Heart on the board for the first time today.

After Lane put the first batter on first with a single, Luckie again went to the bench calling in Sidor to pitch. The first batter she faced singled to right field, moving the runner to third.  After walking the next batter, Tish Derer snagged an RBI against Sidor, increasing the Hawks' lead to 4-1.

Monmouth added two more runs in the top of the sixth on Tish Derer's triple to cap off the day's scoring. 

The Pioneers hit the road next Saturday to play in-state rival Central Connecticut State in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.