Softball Splits on Second Day of CSU Classic - Lee Rakes Two Homers

Fort Collins, CO – The SHU softball team scored 18 runs in two games but finished with a 1-1 record for the second straight day at the Colorado State Classic.  Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) slugged a pair of homeruns as the Pioneers defeated tournament host Colorado State, 12-9, in the second game of the day.  Freshman Annie Dreher (Saugus, CA) recorded her first career round-tripper in the opening contest but SHU fell to Santa Clara for the second time this weekend, 8-6.

Sacred Heart (2-2) jumped on the Broncos early as Dreher slashed a two RBI single up the middle to plate Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) and Lee.  Senior Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) put the Pioneers on top 3-1 in the bottom of the second with a run scoring double.  Santa Clara (2-4) rallied to take a 4-3 advantage heading into the last of third, with all four runs scoring as a result of Pioneer errors.  Dreher vaulted Sacred Heart back into the lead with a two-run shot to make it 5-4.

The Broncos scratched out three runs in the top of the fifth to regain the lead 7-5 on two hits and the aid of one of Sacred Heart's five total errors.  Santa Clara added an insurance run in the sixth to move the score line to 8-5.  The Pioneers manufactured a run in the sixth without a hit to cut the deficit to 8-6.  Sacred Heart loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh as three straight batters reached with two outs.  However, the game would end on a strikeout as senior pitcher Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) suffered a tough loss for her first "L" of 2011.  Russell's ending line featured a complete game, eight runs, only two earned and four strikeouts.

The Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against the host Rams.  Tsipouras lashed a RBI double to drive-in Jade Bowins (Frederick, MD).  Colorado State (3-13) responded with five runs in its half of the opening frame to force Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) from the game.  Lee helped SHU begin to chip away at the CSU lead with a RBI single that plated both Froelich and Sidor.  The Rams tacked-on a run in the third before SHU exploded to take the lead back with seven runs in the fifth inning.

Sacred Heart got its first score of the frame on a Sidor single while the second run was a result of a Colorado State fielding error.  Froelich smashed another RBI double to knot the game at 6-6 while a Rams error gave the Pioneers the lead at 7-6.  Lee then lifted a three-run homer over the fence in left to complete the huge inning for the visiting team.  The Rams fought back into the contest with three runs over the next two innings to make it a one-run game. 

The Pioneers then scratched out a pair of insurance runs as Lee launched another dinger, to make it 12-9, after Bowins worked a walk.   Russell entered the pitching circle in the seventh and secured the SHU victory while earning her first save of the year.  Tsipouras picked up the win by tossing four innings of relief, Taylor Lane (Lisbon, CT) also threw 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.

Sacred Heart will play one more game at the Colorado State Classic, taking on Northern Illinois at 11:00 am EST tomorrow.