Smithfield, R.I. (April 20, 2013)— Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) and Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) both homered, but the Sacred Heart Softball team dropped two close games to Bryant University Saturday afternoon. After falling 3-2 in the first game, the Pioneers battled for 11 innings in game two before the Bulldogs' Kate Murray hit a walk off single in the bottom of the 11th sending SHU home with the 4-3 loss. Justine Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) went 4-for-9 at the plate with an RBI and one run scored. With the pair of losses, the Pioneers fall to 20-22 on the season and 4-10 in Northeast Conference play.
The Pioneers scored their two runs early in the game, putting one run on the board in both the first and second innings. With the bases loaded in the top of the first, Sibthorp came to the plate and smacked a single down the leftfield line scoring Jenn Robillard (Plainville, Mass.), who went 2-for-3 in the game. Sacred Heart mustered a two-out rally in the next inning for their second run of the game. Nadler reached base first with a double to left field and scored two batters later when Dreher knocked her in with a single to right. That was where the scoring ended for the Pioneers and began for the Bulldogs.
In the bottom of the third inning, SHU's Adrianna Mallory (Pine Bush, N.Y.) gave up the three-run homerun to Elle Masden that lifted Bryant to the win. Mallory tossed a complete game, getting her fifth loss of the season. The freshman gave up three runs on seven hits while striking out two through six innings.
Nadler lead off game two with a solo shot over the left field wall, giving Sacred Heart an early lead. Two innings later Dreher improved the Pioneers' lead to 2-0 with a home run to right-centerfield. Bryant's Lauren Guy sent a home run over the centerfield fence to tie the score in the sixth inning, ultimately sending the game into extra innings. Both teams added a run in the ninth and were held scoreless in the tenth. The Pioneers went down in order in the top of the eleventh setting the Bulldogs up for the walk-off win.
Mallory picked up her second loss of the day after pitching the final five innings of the game giving up two runs on three hits. Sophomore Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.) got the start in game two and tossed five innings giving up just one run on one hit.