Three Homers Power Pioneers Past Hawks for Pair of Wins

Hartford, Conn. (April 23, 2013)—Three homeruns powered the Sacred Heart Softball team over Hartford twice in Tuesday's doubleheader. Annie Dreher (Saugus, Calif.) and Adrianna Mallory (Pine Bush, N.Y.) went yard in the game one 7-6 win, while Justin Sibthorp (Santa Clarita, Calif.) launched one to centerfield in the 5-4 game two victory. The two wins improve SHU to 22-23 on the season. 

Mallory had a great day at the plate and in the circle. The freshmen went 4-for-7 with seven RBI in the doubleheader and picked up her third win of the season in the first game, tossing a complete game giving up six runs on 10 hits. The rookie pitcher struck out five and walked just two batters..

Dreher and Mallory's homeruns lifted the Pioneers over the Hawks in game one of the doubleheader. With two down in the first inning, Dreher, who went 3-for-4 at the plate, sent a blast over the centerfield wall to put Sacred Heart on the board. The next inning, after giving up one run, Mallory, who was 2-for-3 with five RBI, rocketed her first homerun of the season to leftfield breaking the tie with the two-run shot.

The Pioneers put up three more runs in the third and one in the fifth, while Hartford scored two in the third and sixth, and one run in the fourth.

Hartford took a one-run lead in the first inning, but Sibthorp's solo shot in the second tied the score. Both teams were rendered scoreless until Sacred Heart rallied in the top of the fifth for four runs. Jade Bowins (Frederick, Md.), Kate Nadler (Southbury, Conn.) and Jenn Robillard (Plainville, Mass.) loaded the bases with one out. Dreher was put out on the fielder's choice, but sent Bowins home. Then Mallory stepped up smacking a double down the left field line scoring Nadler and Robillard.

The Hawks attempted a comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring three runs off Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.), but they came up short as Wentworth got Jenice Aolyo to ground into a doubleplay to end the game.

Wentworth got the win, pitching all seven innings giving up the four runs on seven hits, while striking out one.

Next, the Pioneers battle cross-town rival Fairfield University Thursday.