SHU Softball Sweeps Yale; Snaps Losing Streak

SHU Softball Sweeps Yale; Snaps Losing Streak

New Haven, Conn. (April 17, 2013)—Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) and Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) led the Sacred Heart Softball team to a sweep of Yale Wednesday evening snapping a three-game losing streak. Dreher knocked in three runs in the first game, while Nadler had four RBI in the second. The Pioneers are now an even 20-20 on the season.

Adrianna Mallory (Pine Bush, N.Y.) picked up the win in the first game of the doubleheader, tossing five innings of shutout ball in the Pioneers' 8-0 rout of the Bulldogs. The freshman gave up just four hits over five innings and struck out one.

Sacred Heart got on the board in the fourth. Jenn Robillard (Plainville, Mass.) led off the inning with a single to center field and was promptly knocked in when the next batter, Dreher who went 2-for-3 in the game, doubled to left nabbing her first of three RBI of the day.

Entering the fifth inning with a 2-0 lead, the Pioneers exploded for six more to end the game. With one out, SHU collected four consecutive singles and a fielder's choice putting another run on the board and bringing up the red hot Dreher with the bases loaded. The junior catcher smacked a single down the left field line bringing home two more runs. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, B.C.) and Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) each knocked in a run before the end of the inning.

The Pioneers' first seven runs of the 15-6 game two win were unearned due to seven Bulldog errors. But SHU bats came to life in the top of the seventh, where Sacred Heart put eight more runs on the board and collected five of its 11 hits. After Jade Bowins (Frederick, Md.) led off the inning with a fly out to center field, Nadler, who was 3-for-4 in the game, kicked off the Pioneers' eight-run rally. Sibthorp was 3-for-3 at the plate in game two with one RBI and two walks.

Kacie Wentworth got the win giving up three runs on five hits in four innings before Taylor Lane (Lisbon, Conn.) came in in relief. Lane tossed 1.2 innings, and Mallory came in to collect her first collegiate save. 

Sacred Heart heads to Bryant Saturday to resume Northeast Conference play before hosting Boston University for one game Sunday at noon.