April 10, 2010
Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) and Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) each had a game winning hit as the SHU softball team swept Saint Francis (PA) this afternoon in a Northeast Conference double header at Pioneer Park. Junior pitcher Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) earned both pitching wins for the Pioneers tossing 12.2 innings without allowing an earned run.
Sacred Heart (14-15, 4-2 NEC) got an early boost from Russell who retired 12 of the first 13 batters she faced, including a string of six straight strike outs. Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA) led off the bottom of the third with a single to right field. Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) followed that with a single up the middle, slapping the ball through the infield after bluffing a bunt. After a Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) sacrifice bunt a Red Flash fielding error would allow the first run of the game to cross the plate.
Saint Francis (PA) (9-24, 1-7 NEC) got the leadoff runner on in the fifth thanks to a SHU fielding error. A passed ball and a sacrifice bunt put the Red Flash runner on third with one out. Saint Francis (PA) would then get a break as a routine ground ball took a terrible hop for a single and allowed the run to score.
Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) walked to start the bottom of the sixth and Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) was later hit by a pitch. Bradley laced a two out double down the left field line to drive in both runs and propel SHU to the 3-1 victory. Russell allowed just two hits and struck out nine in the complete game victory.
The Red Flash struck first in game two of the double header as Taylor Darneille hit a two out homer in the top of the first. The Pioneers responded immediately as Bradley ripped another two run double, this time to center, driving in Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) and Tsipouras. Saint Francis (PA) evened the score in the top of the second and chased SHU starter Kylie Abrams (Thousand Oaks, CA).
Tsipouras broke the 2-2 deadlock in the bottom of the fifth with a towering homerun to left center field, her 7th homer of 2010. Sacred Heart got an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) led off the frame with a triple, missing a homerun to dead center by inches. Rudloff drove in Lee with a single to left to make it a 4-2 affair.
Russell has now thrown 33.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run and has picked up a win in each of her last five appearances.
The Pioneers return to action tomorrow afternoon in a NEC double header with Robert Morris. First pitch is set for noon.