NORFOLK, Va. - The Sacred Heart University softball team closed out its season-opening weekend trip to Virginia and the Pirate Classic Tournament with a 3-0 loss to the Youngstown State University Penguins to go 1-1 on the day after victory over Norfolk State earlier in the day. The Pioneers will return to action next Friday, February 28 when they face the University of the Incarnate Word in Madeira Beach, Florida. First Pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (1-2 overall, 0-0 NEC)
Norfolk State Spartans (2-5 overall, 0-0 MEAC)
· The Pioneers got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning when sophomore Alyssa Gonzalez hit a solo home run; the first of the Pioneers' three big flies in the contest.
· The Spartans grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth on a two-out, two-RBI single by Lily Potter, which would be NSU's only base knock of the contest,
· Sacred Heart bounced right back to score three runs in the top of the fifth inning on a solo homer from gradute student Lindsey Spitz to lead off the inning down the left field line. With two outs in the inning, Stephanie Mangiameli reached on a Spartans' error, and sophomore Amy Petrovich followed up with would prove to be the game-winning hit, a two-run homer.
In The Circle
· Sophomore Colleen Walsh was excellent for the Pioneers on Sunday morning, as she evened her season record at 1-1, firing a complete game, one-hitter in which she fanned four without issuing a walk.
· Brooke Bond, the third of three Norfolk State pitchers, took the loss in relief, working three innings in which she allowed three hits, two runs (both unearned) with one walk and one strikeout.
By The Numbers
· SHU outhit the Spartans, 7-1, in the game.
· Stephanie Mangiameli went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored a run to help spark the Sacred Heart offense.
· The Pioneers played solid defense in the win, not committing an error for the first time in 2020.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (1-3 overall, 0-0 NEC)
Youngstown State University Penguins (5-3 overall, 0-0 Horizon)
· The Penguins plated single runs in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI-single by Nikki Saibene, in the second on a Pioneers' error and in the fifth on a run-scoring base hit by Grace Cea.
By The Numbers
· All of the hits in the game were singles, as YSU outhit the Pioneers, 6-3.
· Alex DeLeon and Nikki Saibene each had two hits for Youngstown State.
In The Circle
· Junior Shyanne Fennell pitched a complete game for the Pioneers but took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the young season. Fennell allowed six hits over her six innings of work, three runs (two earned), striking out one and issuing three bases on balls.
· Youngstown's Ellen Buffenbarger raised her season mark to 3-1 firing a three-hit, complete game shutout in which she fanned 10 and walked two Pioneers.