BOILING SPRINGS, NC. - The Sacred Heart University softball team split its season opener this afternoon falling to Gardner-Webb in the first game 18-0 in five innings and coming out victorious in the second game against Hartford 10-3. The Pioneers will continue play at the Gardner-Webb Tournament tomorrow when the Pioneers face Oakland at 10:00 a.m. followed by Loyola Chicago at 4:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (0-1, 0-0 NEC)
Gardner-Webb University Running Bulldogs (4-2, 0-0 Big South)
Game One (SHU 0, Gardner-Webb 18 F/5)
- Both sides would start the first two innings with zero runs due to dominate pitching by both sides.
- In the first two innings, senior Kristen McCann would throw two scorless innings and allowing just one hit.
- But a big 10 run inning by the Running Bulldogs would push them ahead in the game to keep the Pioneers away from an opportunity to come back in the game.
- SHU would be held to just two hits in the five inning game as sophomore Kylee Harvey junior Katlyn Christian would knock the two hits for the Pioneers.
- A grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning by Gardner-Webb would eventually put the game away as the Pioneers would fall 18-0.
- McCann and sophomore Collen Walsh pitched in the circle for the Pioneers as McCann was issued the loss.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (1-1, 0-0 NEC)
University of Hartford Hawks (0-2, 0-0 America East)
Game Two (SHU 10, Hartford 3)
- After a scoreless first inning, the Pioneers would wake the bats up as graduate student Fallon Bevino would launch her first home run of the season lead off the second for SHU and to put the Pioneers up 1-0 with no outs in the inning.
- But the scoring wouldn't end there for the Pioneers, after a pair of singles by junior Jennie Boisvert and sophomore Kylee Harvey would put runners on first and second with still no outs, a fielder's choice and a single to right field by sophomore Caroline Kruger would advance the runners to second and third with just one out.
- Then freshman Amy Petrovich would knock in a single through the right side scoring Harvey to put the Pioneers up 2-0.
- A ground out by senior Hailey Desrosiers would score in sophomore Kira Ferraiolo to put the Pioneers up 3-0 at the end of two.
- After the three run inning for the Pioneers in the second, Hartford would creep back into the game scoring two runs in the third to cut the SHU lead to 3-2 heading into the fourth inning.
- A strong one, two, three outing by senior Emily Orosco would keep the Pioneers ahead 3-2 heading into the bottom of the fourth.
- SHU would tally four runs in the fourth courtesy of a an RBI double by sophomore Caroline Kruger to put the Pioneers ahead 4-2. Then after a fielder's choice advanced Kruger to third, freshman Amy Petrovich would follow with a sacrifice fly scoring Kruger to put the Pioneers ahead 5-2.
- But the scoring would not stop there as junior Katelyn Christian would tally her first home run of the season sending the ball to dead center and giving the Pioneers a 7-2 lead.
- In the fifth Hartford would tally a run after a triple and a sac-fly advanced the runner from third to make the score 7-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth.
- After junior Jennie Boisvert belted a single to through the left side to put a runner on first with no outs, Kruger would launch a double to left center scoring Boisvert to put the Pioneers ahead 8-3. Then right after Petrovich would rip a home run over the center-field fence to give her first home-run as a Pioneer and to give SHU a 10-3 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning.
- Orosco would have an impressive day in the circle as she went five and two-thirds innings, striking out nine batters and allowing just three runs on three hits.