April 20, 2010
Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart softball team dropped two games to the Hartford Hawks this afternoon at Pioneer Park. Amanda Bradley (Langley, BC) led the Pioneers with four RBI on the day but fell 10-6 in the opener and 5-2 in a finale shortened by darkness. Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) pitched relief in both games, striking out six overall, and now sits two shy of tying the Sacred Heart career record at the Division I level.
Hartford (15-16) struck first in game one plating two runs against starter Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA). The Hawks proved to be extremely aggressive on the base paths, completing six steals without being caught. The Pioneers cut the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second as Alyssa Garza (Santa Clarita, CA) singled up the middle to drive in Nicole Sidor (North Vancouver, BC). SHU tied the game in the third inning on an RBI double from Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA). The Hawks pushed the lead back to 4-2 on a two-run double from Kate Wacyk. Hartford then exploded for five runs in the fifth against reliever Kylie Abrams (Thousand Oaks, CA).
Sacred Heart (18-21) had a big fifth fame of their own as they scored four times to make it a 9-6 affair. Bradley had the first two RBI with a double to left center and Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) followed her with a triple. Jasmin Vicente (Wantagh, NY) brought in the final run of the inning with a sharp single to left. Hartford added an insurance run in the sixth and held off the Pioneers down the stretch to claim the 10-6 victory.
The Pioneers opened the scoring in the second game as Bradley unleashed a two-run triple, the first three bagger of her collegiate career, to score Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) and Garza. The Hawks got those runs back and more in the third as they touched up game two starter Sidor. A SHU error in the fifth allowed Hartford to stretch its advantage to 5-2. After six innings the umpires decided it was too dark to continue play, the Hawks won the contest 5-2 in six innings to secure the double header sweep.
The Sacred Heart softball team returns to action as they travel across town to take on rival Fairfield on Thursday afternoon. First pitch is set for 3:30 pm.