Pioneers Win Opener of CCU Classic - Defeat Houston Baptist 2-1

March 19, 2010

Box Score

The Sacred Heart softball team held on for a 2-1 victory over Houston Baptist this morning in the first game of the Coastal Carolina Classic. Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) tossed a complete game allowing just one earned run and striking out six.  Sophomore Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) supplied both of the Pioneers RBI as SHU won its third straight game.

Sacred Heart (6-8) got on the board jumpoint out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.  Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) laced a one double down the right field line to start the threat.  Two batters latter Tsipouras would deposit a single into right field for her 12th run batted in of the year. 

The Pioneers would turn the lineup over to start the third inning and leadoff hitter Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) delivered a single to start the frame.  With one out Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) pumped a double into left center field to put runners at second and third.  Tsipouras notched her second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it a 2-0 affair.

Houston Baptist (5-12) cut the Pioneer lead in half in the bottom of the fourth inning.  After back-to-back singles to lead off the frame a sacrifice bunt put a pair of runners in scoring position.  A fielders choice from the third baseman made it a 2-1 game.  After a walk and a steal of second Russell would bear down and get the next better to strike out to end the Husky inning.

The Huskies gave the Pioneers one more scare in the last of the seventh frame.  Houston Baptist again led off the inning with back-to-back singles.  The next hitter would line out to short stop Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA), who potentially saved the tying run from scoring.  After a fielders choice the stage was set for a dramatic finish with runners Huskies at second and third and two down.  Russell again showcased her strength striking out the final batter of the game to earn her third victory of 2010. 

The Pioneers return to action at the CCU Classic tomorrow for games against Buffalo and Oakland.