Russell Tosses Shutout, Timmer Hits Grand Slam in SHU Sweep of Stony Brook
April 28, 2010
Fairfield, CT - The Sacred Heart softball team got solid starting pitching and timely hitting as they swept the Stony Brook Seawolves in a non-conference double header Wednesday afternoon at Pioneer Park. Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) tossed a complete game four hitter in the opener. Jill Timmer (La Mesa, CA) supplied the only RBI in the Pioneers 1-0 win in game one and hit a grand slam in the finale to secure a sweep of the double dip for Sacred Heart.
Stony Brook (24-16-1) game one starter Alyssa Struzenberg started off striking out eight of the first nine batters she faced. She would finish the game with 10 strikeouts and allowed just two hits. Russell matched zeroes with Struzenberg as the SHU ace finished the day with six K's and picked up the complete game shutout.
Sacred Heart (21-23) scratched out the only run in the opener with a two out rally in the fourth. Senior Adrian Fitzsimon (Sacramento, CA) laced a two out single to left and advanced to second after a wild pitch. Timmer then lifted a double to center field that one hopped the fence and drove in Fitzsimon with what would prove to be the winning run.
The Seawolves loaded the bases with one out in the sixth as they threatened to spoil Russell's gem. However, the junior hurler would strike out pinch hitter Taylor Chain and induce an inning ending groundout off the bat of Suzanne Karath. A two out error in the seventh allowed Stony Brook to put one more runner in scoring position but another ground ball gave SHU the victory and earned Russell her 12th victory of 2010.
Nicole Sidor (North Vancouver, BC) no-hit the Seawolves through the first four innings of the nightcap. The Pioneers took the lead with a run in the fourth off of SBU starter Casey Jacobs. Courtney Lee (Camarillo, CA) started the rally with a double down the right field line. Shannon McCoy (Yorba Linda, CA) provided the RBI single two batters later to put SHU on top. After an infield single from Carley Rudloff (Thousand Oaks, CA), Jasmine Vicente (Wantagh, NY) hit a single to left but McCoy was thrown out at the plate as Stony Brook kept it a one run affair.
The Seawolves loaded the bases in the top of the fifth thanks to two walks and an infield single, the first hit allowed by Sidor. The freshman pitcher would dig deep and get Stony Brook's leading hitter, Vicki Kavitsky, and Chain to pop out to escape the inning without surrendering a run.
The Pioneers broke the game open and provided their pitcher with some insurance runs in the fifth. Freshman Nikki Surkes (Brightwaters, NY) started the inning with a walk and was followed with a single from classmate Melissa Tobin (Hudson, MA). After Lee walked to load the bases Timmer hit a bomb to left center field for a grand slam that made the game 5-0.
Stony Brook wouldn't go quietly as they broke up Sidor's two-hit gem with back-to-back two out homeruns in the seventh inning. The homers from Katelyn O'Donnell and Kavitsky made it a 5-2 game. Sidor would strike out the next batter but the ball bounced and McCoy was unable to throw out the runner at first, extending the game. Gina Bianculli drew a walk and SBU would get the tying run to the plate. Sidor was able to Sarah Landes to fly out to right field ending the Seawolves rally and picking up her seventh victory of the season.
The Pioneer softball team is back in action tomorrow as they take on cross-town rival Fairfield. First pitch is set for 4:00 pm.