March 31, 2010

Softball Slugs Four Homers But Drops Two Games At Seton Hall

March 31, 2010

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score

Senior Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) and junior Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) each smashed two solo homeruns but Sacred Heart dropped both ends of a double header to Seton Hall Wednesday afternoon. The Pioneers held a 2-1 lead in the opening game before the Pirates pulled away for an 8-4 victory. Froelich's solo shot in the top of the seventh sent the back end of the double dip into extra innings but Seton Hall's Brittany Schillizzi hit a walk off grand slam in the eighth to give Seton Hall the 5-1 win.

Sacred Heart (9-13) struck first on the scoreboard in the second inning of the opening game as Fitzsimon crushed a ball over the left field wall to give the Pioneers a 1-0 edge.  The Pirates tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a bases loaded single from Schillizzi.  Pioneer starter Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) got back-to-back outs to end the threat and keep the score knotted at one.  Sacred Heart would inch back out in front 2-1 in the next half inning when Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA), who reached with a one out double, crossed the plate thanks to a passed ball.

Seton Hall (7-14) posted a huge fifth inning using five singles to push across four runs and give them a 5-2 advantage.  Fitzsimon cut into the Pirate lead in the top of the sixth with her second solo homer of the game, making it a 5-3 affair.  Nicole Lowenstein blew the game open in the bottom of the frame, answering Fitzsimon's homer with a three-run shot and giving Seton Hall an 8-3 edge.  Froelich would tack on a solo homer in the top of the seventh to bring the opening game to its 8-4 final.

Freshman Nicole Sidor (North Vancouver, BC) started game two for the Pioneers and through the first seven innings had allowed just one run while striking out eight Pirates.  But Seton Hall hurler Danielle Zanzalari matched her allowing just one run on six hits. 

The Pioneers were in danger of losing a 1-0 pitchers duel before Froelich slammed a one out homer into left center field, her fourth homerun of 2010, to tie the game at one and ultimately send the nightcap of the double header into extra innings.  After a runner was automatically placed on second base to start the eighth inning Seton Hall chose to intentionally walk the dangerous Fitzsimon.  Pinch runner Jessica Di Piazza (Pompton Plains, NJ) was then picked off second followed by back-to-back outs to end the inning.  Seton Hall would eventually load the bases after receiving their free runner and Schillizzi deposited a walk-off grand slam into left center field to secure the sweep for Seton Hall.

Sacred Heart returns to action tomorrow as they travel to Storrs to face another Big East opponent in Connecticut.  First pitch is set for 4:00 pm.