NORFOLK, Va.- The Sacred Heart University Softball team fell to Radford in its season opener this afternoon by a final score of 11-5. The Pioneers will return to action tomorrow when they face Toledo and Hampton with first-pitch coming at 10:00 against Toledo followed by Hampton at 2:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (0-1 overall, 0-0 NEC)
Radford Highlanders (5-2 overall, 0-0 BIG SOUTH)
- Radford jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning coming off an two RBI single to left by Sophia Tapia followed by a fielder's choice groundout with the bases loaded to give the Highlanders an early 3-0 lead.
- After a scoreless second inning by both sides the Pioneers answered back in the third inning as Kaitlyn Christian scored on a wild pitch on a Caroline Kruger strikeout as Christian had reached base on a walk and advanced to third on a single to center-field by sophomore Amy Petrovich.
- Then junior Kira Ferraiolo ripped a single to the shortstop scoring in sophomore Alyssa Gonzalez to narrow the Radford lead to 3-2 heading into the fourth inning.
- Solid pitching by both teams in the fourth inning resulted in no runs by either side heading into the fifth inning the score remaining 3-2.
- The fifth inning was all about Radford as they racked up a total of four runs in the inning coming off of a pair of back to back homers with two outs in the inning followed by a pair of RBI's off a single and throwing error to send the game into the bottom of the inning with Radford ahead 7-2.
- SHU wasn't able to answer in the bottom of the inning but after a scoreless top of the sixth by Radford, sophomore Amy Petrovich launched her first homer of the year and it was a big one as it scored in three runs to cut the Radford lead to 7-5.
- But Radford would be too much for the Pioneers as the Highlanders tallied four more runs off a two-run homer and two RBI double to right center to give the Highlanders the 11-5 victory.
- Radford outhit the Pioneers 14-9 in the game.
- Sophomore Amy Petrovich led the way for the Pioneers in the batter's box going 2-4 with three RBI and a home-run.
- Junior Kylee Harvey also tallied two hits going 2-5 from the plate.