ROCK HILL, S.C.— Junior Kristen McCann recorded her first career no-hitter as the Sacred Heart University softball team recorded another split on day two of the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational.
McCann recorded eight strikeouts as the Pioneers (5-4) shut out Albany (2-6) 4-0 to open the day. SHU was unable to hold on to a two-run lead in game two, falling 4-2 to Eastern Kentucky (8-5).
Game 1 – SHU 4, Albany 0
Top of the 4th inning- Lauren Delgadillo opened the scoring with a leadoff home run to left centerfield.
Top of the 7th inning- SHU loaded the bases with back-to-back singles by Hailey Desrosiers and Katelyn Christian and a hit by pitch. Cierra Casale lifted the sacrifice fly to center field to bring in the first run of the inning.
Top of the 7th inning- After another walk loaded the bases again, Fallon Bevino drove in a run with her single.
Top of the 7th inning- Stephanie Mangiameli followed Bevino with an RBI single of her own to left centerfield.
- McCann improved to 4-0 in the circle for SHU, recording eight strikeouts for the third consecutive game.
- Six different Pioneers recorded a hit in the game.
- McCann is the first Pioneer to record a no-hitter since Jamie Carlson recorded a no-no back on May 2, 2017.
- The seven innings gave McCann her fourth complete game of the season.
Game 2 – Eastern Kentucky 4, SHU 2
Bottom of the 2nd inning – The Pioneers got on the scoreboard first as Mangiameli picked up the two-out RBI single to left field with runners in scoring position. She then advanced all the way to third on a throwing error by the catcher, scoring Bevino on the play to give SHU the 2-0 lead.
Top of the 3rd inning – Eastern Kentucky answered in the top half of the inning as Paige Murphy lifted the two-out homer over the left field wall.
Top of the 5th inning – Murphy came through again for the Colonials, this time it was an RBI single to right field to score Melissa Jacobsen.
Top of the 6th inning – Timely two-out hitting continued in EKU's favor as Jacobsen picked up the RBI single up the middle.
Top of the 7th inning – The Colonials added the fourth and final run in the seventh as Murphy scored from third as Jennie Boisvert tried to catch Emily Corbitt stealing at second.
- The Pioneers were outhit 10-5 in the game.
- Bevino led the Pioneers with two hits
- Delgadillo and Desrosiers both picked up the double.
- Delgadillo has recorded a hit in all four games at the Winthrop tournament and has reached base safely in her last five games.
- Mangiameli recorded an RBI in both games today.
The Pioneers conclude the round-robin tournament tomorrow against Morehead St. with a 10:00 a.m. first pitch.