April 11, 2010
Fairfield, CT- The Pioneer softball team suffered two loses at the hands of Robert Morris this afternoon in a twinbill at Pioneer Park. The Colonials pushed across an unearned run in the ninth inning to get the win in the opener as a SHU two out rally in the bottom of the frame fell just short with the bases loaded. Robert Morris posted six runs in the fourth inning of the nightcap to secure the sweep.
Sacred Heart (14-17, 4-4 NEC) did not get a runner on base against RMU game one starter Alexa Bryson until the sixth inning. Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) broke up the bid for the perfect game with a double over the left fielder's head. Pioneer starter Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) was just as dominate, allowing just two hits in the first seven innings. Russell finished the game with eight strike outs and was the tough luck loser after not conceding an earned run. The Pioneer hurler has now not allowed an earned run in her last 44.2 innings of work.
Robert Morris (17-13, 7-2 NEC) scored the lone run of the first game after a one out double by Megan Picnic was followed by another base hit and a Pioneer error. Bryson finished the day with 13 strike outs and allowed just six base runners to pick up the win.
The Pioneers came within inches of tying the game in the bottom of the ninth as Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) hit a ball off the top of the fence in dead center field. Fitzsimon pulled into third with a triple and the next two batters reached with a walk and infield single to load the bases. Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) hit a ball up the middle but the second baseman ranged to her right to make the play and end the game.
Sacred Heart opened the scoring in the second game of the day in the bottom of the first inning. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) started the frame with a single and was moved to second with a sac bunt from Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA). After Fitzsimon drew a walk Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) hit a ball to short stop. The Colonials tried to turn the double play but Tsipouras beat it out and Froelich scored to make it 1-0.
Robert Morris opened the game up with six runs in the fourth, capped off by a bases loaded double from Allie Patton. The Pioneers had a chance to respond in the bottom half of the frame as Froelich hit a rope over the center fielders head with one out. The ball hung up and forced the runner on second Kaleigh Burke (Carmel, NY) to hold up. One run scored easily but three runners were caught between second and third. Froelich ended up in a run down between first and second and Burke got gunned down at home trying to score. The umpires later ruled that Froelich went back to first without retouching second, making her the third out of the inning.
The Colonials added two runs in the sixth as Annie Dubovec doubled down the right field line. Dubovec was also the winning pitcher in the game, scattering 11 hits and surrendering three runs. The Pioneers got their final run of the day in their half of the sixth after Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA) tallied a sacrifice fly following Courtney Lee's (Camarillo, CA) leadoff triple. Robert Morris added two more insurance runs in the seventh to bring the game to its 10-3 final.
The Pioneers return to action Wednesday in a double header at home against Yale. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.