Pioneers Drop Doubleheader at Manhattan

Pioneers Drop Doubleheader at Manhattan

RIVERDALE, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart University softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader at Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon. The Jaspers (14-9) took a 6-2 win in game one but the Pioneers (15-11) tied the game late before Manhattan walked off with the sweep at Gaelic Park in extra innings.

Game One – Manhattan 6, SHU 2

The Scoring… 

Bottom of the 2nd inning… The Jaspers got on the board off the leadoff home run by Kat Prevo to left centerfield. Manhattan proceeded to work the bases loaded against Kristen McCann. SHU was unable to make the force out at home as the ball got by Cierra Casale to score two runs. An RBI groundout by Christine Gebhardt pushed the lead to 4-0 before Manhattan scored on another Pioneer miscue to end the inning.

Top of the 5th inning… Kelyn Fillmore led off the fifth inning with a double down the left field line. After a groundout, Casale stepped up to the plate and launched a home run to left field.

Bottom of the 5th inning… Manhattan added its final run in the bottom of the fifth as Briana Matazinsky scored on a passed ball with the bases loaded. 

The Numbers…

  • SHU committed a season-high five errors in game one.
  • Casale led the Pioneers at the plate with a 2-for-2 game with her second home run of the season.

Game Two – Manhattan 2, SHU 1 – 9 innings. 

The Scoring… 

Bottom of the 3rd inning… The Jaspers got a runner on with two-outs as Prevo was hit by a pitch. Matazinsky then singled down the right-field line to score the first run of the game.

Top of the 6th inning… After two quick outs, Katelyn Christian stepped up to the plate and delivered a big home run over the left field fence to tie the game at 1-1.

Bottom of the 9th inning… Manhattan put the first two batters on in the bottom half of the ninth on a single and a walk. The Pioneers made the heads up play on the sacrifice bunt by the Jaspers. Victoria Ross stepped up to the plate and lined the offering into the gap to left centerfield to drive in the winning run from second. 

The Numbers…

  • SHU outhit Manhattan 7-3 in game two, leaving 10 runners stranded on base.
  • Fallon Bevino and Fillmore led the Pioneers with multi-hit games.
  • Emily Orosco twirled eight innings in the start, allowing just one run on one hit. She recorded 14 strikeouts on the day for her third double-digit strikeout performance of the season

Noteworthy…

  • The Pioneers have no hit an extra base-hit in nine consecutive games with a pair of extra base hits in both game today.
  • SHU suffered its first sweep since February 7 at Furman (4-3 loss and 5-0 loss). 

Up Next… 

The Pioneers begin Northeast Conference play this weekend starting with a doubleheader at CCSU on Friday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m.