Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) was on fire in the pitching circle all week as the SHU softball team posted a 4-6 at the Rebel Spring Games. Sidor racked up 48 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched en route to a 0.60 ERA and four victories. She showed great control all week, surrendering a single walk and not issue a free pass in her last 32.2 innings pitched.
Sacred Heart (4-11) started its road trip with a 14-0 rout of Holy Cross in five innings. Sidor came within a single out away from her first no-hitter of 2012. SHU broke the game open with a ten run inning in the bottom of the fourth, which was started by an Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) two-run single and a three-run homer from Sidor.
The Pioneers made it two in a row with a 9-7 come from behind win over Detroit. Sacred Heart trailed 5-1 entering the third inning but hung up eight runs to regain the momentum. Garza, Sidor, Annie Dreher (Saugus, CA), Kate Nadler (Southbury, CT), and Carley Rudloff (Queen Creek, AZ) all had RBI hits in the rally. Rudloff finished the week with a team high .391 batting average and currently leads the squad hitting at a .324 clip in 2012.
The SHU offense would go cold in the middle of the trip as the team suffered a five game skid, scoring only three runs.
Sidor would make the best of the Pioneers offense in the next two games, recording back-to-back complete game shutouts. She fanned a combined 25 batters versus South Dakota and Bucknell. Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) came up with the big hit against the Coyotes, ripping a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Tsipouras belted her first two homers of the 2012 campaign at the Rebel Spring Games. Sacred Heart used its speed in a 5-0 shutout of the Bison as Nadler, Jessica Schild (East Northport, NY), and Jenn Robillard (Plainville, MA) all stole a base.
The Pioneers were on the wrong end of a shutout in the final game of the week, dropping an 8-0 verdict to Utah Valley.
The SHU softball team returns to action this weekend for five games at a tournament that will be co-hosted by UMBC and Coppin State.