April 18, 2010
West Long Branch, NJ - The Sacred Heart softball team split a Sunday double header with the Monmouth Hawks to finish a four game NEC road trip with a 3-1 record. Monmouth took the opener, a 1-0 pitchers duel, in eight innings. The Pioneers responded in game two as Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) slammed a two-run homer in the sixth and SHU went on to win the finale 2-1 behind a complete game from Nicole Sidor (North Vancouver, BC).
Sacred Heart (18-19, 7-5 NEC) game one starter Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) tossed seven innings of shutout ball allowing just four hits and striking out four. However, she was matched by Hawks starter Melissa Mehrer through seven frames forcing the game into extra innings. The Hawks had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the fourth and Nicole Ferrera hit a ball to second baseman Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA). Montemagni came up throwing to home and cut down the runner at the plate to keep the game scoreless.
Monmouth (18-13, 9-4 NEC) was the first team to capitalized on a scoring opportunity, plating a run in the bottom of the ninth. Emily deLong led off the frame with a triple, the Hawks later loaded the bases on a fielder's choice and a walk. Ferrera slashed a walk-off RBI single to right giving Monmouth the victory in the opening game.
The Hawks took an ealry lead in the twinbill finale as Kayla Weiser drove in deLong with a first inning RBI to make it a 1-0 affair. The run was unearned and would be the only score against Sidor in the ball game. The freshman pitcher struck out eight Monmouth hitters en route to her fifth win of 2010.
The Pioneers managed just two hits in the first five innings but Lee would turn the game around with one swing of the bat. She launced a two-out two-run homer to left field to put Sacred Heart on top for the first time, 2-1. The homerun was Lee's fourth of the weekend and her second game winning hit. Sidor did not allow a hit in the final two innings to seal the win and double header split for the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart returns to action this Tuesday in a home double header with non-conference opponent Hartford. Game time is set for 2:30 pm.