NEW BRITAIN, CONN. (March 29, 2014)—The Sacred Heart softball team was swept by reigning Northeast Conference Champion in Central Connecticut State in Saturday's NEC opener. After being shutout 5-0 in the first game, the Pioneers rallied late in the second game, but were unable to overcome the deficit and ended up falling 4-3. SHU is not 9-10 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
Adrianna Mallory (Pine Bush, N.Y.) pitched all six innings of game one giving up five runs to the Blue Devils, only four earned. The sophomore struck out two batters as her record falls to 4-4 with the loss. Junior Laura Messina silenced Pioneer bats only allowing SHU two hits through seven innings of work.
The Pioneers got on the board first in game two with senior catcher Annie Dreher's solo homer in the third inning. SHU's starting pitcher Kacie Wentworth (Canton, N.Y.) held CCSU scoreless through the first three innings, only allowing one hit, but the Blue Devil bats came alive in the bottom of the fourth.
With runners on first and second, Eileen Purcell singled to right field driving in CCSU's first run of the game. Wentworth walked the next batter loading the bases for pinch hitter Sarah Drazin. The rookie was put out on a fielders choice, but knocked in another run. Jamie Carlson (Corona, Calif.) came in in relief to get the final out of the inning after Wentworth gave up the final two runs on Hannah Cooper's single.
McKenna Weigand's (Gilbert, Ariz.) lead-off walk in the top of the fifth sparked a two-run Pioneer rally, but it wasn't enough to pick up a 'w' over the Blue Devils.
Sunday's doubleheader against LIU Brooklyn has been cancelled due to predicted rain. Sacred Heart is back in action Wednesday, April 2 when they play a doubleheader at Iona.