Softball Splits Pair of One Run Games in Last Day of CCU Classic
March 21, 2010
Sacred Heart defeated Oakland for the second time in the tournament 3-2 this morning but dropped the finale, also 3-2, to host Coastal Carolina. Sophomore Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) picked up the win on the mound against Oakland and also drove in two Pioneer runs, including a solo homer, her fifth of the year. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) went two-for-two with her second homerun of 2010 in the loss to Coastal Carolina.
Oakland (8-19) jumped out to an early lead, pushing a runner across the plate in the bottom of the first. The leadoff hitter Krych drew a walk to start the inning and promptly stole second. After advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt she gave her team the lead sprinting home on a fielder's choice.
Sacred Heart (9-9) responded in the next half inning to knot the score at one. Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) was hit by a pitch to open the second. Two batters later Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) would rip an RBI double to tie the game. SHU would take its first lead in the top of the fourth as Tsipouras homered to center field. Oakland would return the favor in its half of the inning after a leadoff single, another stolen base, and a double to round out the frame.
The Pioneers would use an Oakland miscue to pull ahead 3-2 in the sixth. Froelich reached and advanced to second due to an error to open the inning. Tsipouras would single threw the right side of the infield and Froelich used her speed to score. Tsipouras finished the game on the mound tossing six and one third innings allowing two runs on three hits. Junior Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) would enter the game in the seventh with a runner in scoring position. She earned the save and ensured the SHU victory recording back to back strikeouts to end the game.
Coastal Carolina (13-13) would be the first to score in the last game of the tournament. The Chanticleers would build a 1-0 lead with an unearned run due to a Pioneer error. SHU evened the score in the bottom of the fourth as Froelich led off the frame with a solo blast. Sacred Heart would then take the lead on a Fitzsimon single that drove in leadoff hitter Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA). Coastal Carolina would deny SHU its eighth straight win with two runs in the top of the seventh. The runs came after a leadoff walk followed by back-to-back singles two batters later.
The Pioneers would not go away and built a threat in the last of the seventh. Sacred Heart got the first two runners on but two straight fiedlers choice's put SHU down to its last out. Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lee got the count in her favor at 2-1 but fouled out to the first baseman to end the game.
Sacred Heart finished the tournament with a 4-1 record and are 9-9 in tournaments this season. The Pioneers return to the northeast Wednesday for a road double leader with UConn. SHU will have their home opener at Pioneer Park next Monday in a double dip with non-conference opponent St. Peter's.