March 14, 2010
Sacred Heart women’s softball team earned victories over Youngstown State, Columbia, and La Salle as they completed action at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida. The Pioneers finished the tournament with a 3-5 record but won back-to-back games in their final day of competition. SHU will head south again next weekend for a tournament hosted by Coastal Carolina before returning to action in the Northeast.
Sacred Heart (5-8) kicked off the tournament dropping a 1-0 pitchers duel to Indiana State. The Sycamores scored the only run of the game after a MacKenzie Connelly single in the fourth inning. Pioneer starter Jen Russell (Seymour, CT) pitched a complete game and gave up just the one unearned run. SHU threatened in the seventh, loading the bases on two singles and a walk. However, the Sycamore starter would seal the shutout with back-to-back strikeouts.
The Pioneers fell to Butler 7-1 to conclude action on their first day in Florida. SHU would start the next day with another one run loss, this time falling 4-3 at the hands of Lehigh. Russell struck out 12 batters in seven innings while giving up four runs, two earned. Sacred Heart found themselves down 4-0 before mounting a rally in the last of the seventh. Taylor Froelich (Garden Grove, CA) provided an RBI single and Marissa Montemagni (Chicopee, MA) brought home two more. However, the rally would fall just short and the Pioneers lost their third straight.
Sacred Heart would pick up their first win of the tournament later that day, this time coming out on the right end of a one run affair, defeating Youngstown State 5-4. Sophomore pitcher Liz Tsipouras (Simi Valley, CA) tossed a complete game without allowing an earned run, and fanned seven batters. Tsipouras would have to help herself with the bat as the Pioneers found themselves down one in the seventh. The sophomore pitcher and infielder went deep to supply the game winning runs while also propelling her to a win on the mound.
After a day’s break the Pioneers returned to action only to drop a pair of two-run games. South Dakota upended SHU 3-1 while Loyola-Chicago earned a 2-0 victory in the back end of the double header. The Pioneers would then have two days off because of inclement weather cancelling play for the entire tournament.
The Pioneers would respond to the break and close out their stay in the Sunshine State with a pair of victories. SHU dominated the Columbia Lions of the Ivy League in a 7-0 rout. Russell and Tsipouras combined for the shutout allowing just five hits. Froelich, Tsipouras, and Nicole Sidor (North Vancouver, BC) all supplied a pair of RBI’s in the win. Sacred Heart closed out the tournament with another one run triumph, this time upending La Salle 3-2.
Sacred Heart returns to action March 19th as the team heads to South Carolina for their final tournament of the early spring. SHU is scheduled to take on Houston Baptist, Buffalo, Oakland, and tournament host Coastal Carolina