Staten Island, NY – The SHU softball team took game one of a Northeast Conference double header, 6-2, at Wagner but was forced into a split after managing just two hits in a 5-0 loss in the nightcap. Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, CA), who hit her first collegiate homerun yesterday, went deep with a two-run shot in the sixth inning of the opening game. Nicole Sidor (West Vancouver, BC) bounced back from a tough outing against Quinnipiac to pick up the complete victory, allowing two runs on seven hits.
Sacred Heart (11-19, 4-4 NEC) took advantage of two early Seahawk errors to push across three unearned runs in the first inning of game one. Kate Nadler (Southbury, CT) plated the first run on a RBI single and two more runners crossed the plate just two batters later following a Seahawks miscue in left field. Sidor, who struck out seven in the victory, allowed just three base runners in her first four innings of work. The Pioneers made it 4-0 in the top of the fourth as Jade Bowins (Frederick, MD) worked a bases loaded walk to force home Carley Rudloff (Queen Creek, AZ), who leadoff the frame with a double.
Wagner (9-21, 3-3 NEC) cut into the deficit in the fifth on a two RBI single from Kelsey Parker. SHU got those runs back in the seventh inning on Sibthorp's long ball to left center that also scored Nadler. Sidor put away the Seahawks in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the Pioneers 6-2 triumph. Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) stole two bases in the contest and now leads SHU with six steals on seven attempts in 2012.
It was a great pitching performance from Wagner's Olivia Swick that prevented the Pioneers from picking up a sweep. Swick allowed two hits and struck out five en route to the complete game shutout. The Seahawks have managed to split all four of their NEC double headers this season and got their offense in game two via the homerun. Parker and Jessica Albarran both supplied a two-run homer for the home team. SHU's two knocks, both singles, came off the bats of Sidor to leadoff the game and Garza to start the third frame.
The Pioneer softball team will play for a third straight day as they take on Siena in a non-conference double header tomorrow. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm in Loudonville, NY.