STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart University softball team earned the series sweep over Wagner College on Saturday afternoon with back-to-back four-hit shutouts at Lower Field.
Junior Kristen McCann recorded 10 strikeouts as the Pioneers (18-12, 3-1 NEC) downed the Seahawks (6-17, 0-3 NEC) 3-0 in nine innings. Junior Emily Orosco was equally dominant in game two recording 13 strikeouts in the 5-0 win.
Game One – SHU 3, Wagner 0 – 9 inn.
Top of the 9th inning… After a pitcher's duel for the first eight innings, the Pioneers broke through as Katelyn Christian reached second base on an error to open the ninth. A groundout and walk put the go-ahead run on third as Cierra Casale lifted the fly ball to right field to score Addison Landry who pinch ran for Christian. Another miscue by the Seahawks in the outfield allowed the Pioneers to get another run. SHU recorded its final run on an error by Wagner pitcher Morgan Brown.
- The Pioneers earned seven hits on the day with Lauren Delgadillo and Stephanie Mangiameli leading the way with three and two hits respectively from the top of the order.
- McCann scattered the five Seahawk hits while allowing just one walk in nine innings. The performance was her 10th complete game of the season and fourth shutout.
Game Two – SHU 5, Wagner 0
Top of the 3rd inning… After Delgadillo led off the inning with a double to left field, Mangiameli moved her over with a sacrifice bunt. Hailey Desrosiers stepped in and lifted a deep foul ball to right field to allow for the tag up by Delgadillo for the RBI sac fly.
Top of the 5th inning… SHU recorded three straight hits to open the fifth inning by the top of the order in Delgadillo, Mangiameli, and Desrosiers. Christian then earned the RBI walk for the Pioneers second run. An error by the third baseman earned the second run of the inning before Wagner recorded its first out. Fallon Bevino recorded the sacrifice fly to left field for the third run of the inning before Jennie Boisvert doubled to centerfield to cap the scoring.
- The Pioneers recorded a season-high 13 hits in the win as five Pioneers recorded multiple hits.
- Orosco earned her second straight shutout with 13 strikeouts in seven innings.
- SHU has recorded eight shutouts thus far, including six in the first full month of the season.
- The Pioneers batted .290 as a team in the series, recording 20 hits including four doubles.
- Orosco ended her week with 38 strikeouts in 22 innings of work.
The Pioneers travel to Iona College on Wednesday, April 4 for a doubleheader beginning at 2:30. Fans can watch the matchup on ESPN3 or the ESPN app.