MADEIRA BEACH, Fla.– Leap Day proved not to be kind to the Sacred Heart University softball team, as the Pioneers fell twice at The Spring Games in Madeira Beach, Florida dropping game one of the day to Seton Hall University, 10-0, in five innings and closing out the day with a tough 4-3 eight-inning loss versus Houston Baptist University. Sacred Heart is quickly back in action early on Sunday morning, as the team closes out play at The Spring Games and its opening weekend in the Sunshine State taking on Middle Tennessee State at 8:30 a.m. and facing St. Bonaventure at 11:00 am.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (2-4 overall, 0-0 NEC)
Seton Hall University Pirates (6-9 overall, 0-0 Big East)
· Seton Hall scored the first of its 10 runs in the game on a Pioneers' error in the top of the first and never looked back plating three more in the third, one in the fourth and five in the fifth.
In The Circle
· Junior Shyanne Fennell, the first of three Pioneers hurlers took the loss against Seton Hall to fall to 0-3 on the season. Fennell worked 4.0 innings against the Pirates allowing seven hits, five runs (four earned) with two walks and no strikeouts.
· Sophomore Kelsey Gumm fired a one-hit complete game shutout for Seton Hall in which she fanned two and walked one over her five innings of work.
By The Numbers
· With the win, Seton Hall now leads the battle for SHU-premacy 6-5 all-time.
· Sophomore Amy Petrovich's first inning single was Sacred Heart's only hit in the game, as the victorious Pirates outhit the Pioneers, 11-1.
· Seton Hall's Baylee Allender was the hitting star of the morning going 4-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Teammates Abby Wingo and Hailey Arteaga each had a pair of runs batted in for the winners.
Sacred Heart University Pioneers (2-5 overall, 0-0 NEC)
Houston Baptist University Huskies (10-7 overall, 0-0 Southland)
· Saturday's second game for the Pioneers was a back-and-forth affair. Sacred Heart jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning when sophomore Maighread Scafariello registered an RBI fielder's choice that plated Katelyn Christian and Caroline Kruger touched home plate after an HBU error.
· The Huskies would tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third on RBI singles by Jasie Roberts and Megan Heirs.
· Houston Baptist grabbed a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on another run-scoring single by Roberts, but Sacred Heart battled back to force bonus softball when Katelyn Christian scored when Stephanie Mangiameli's ground ball was mishandled by the Huskies' shortstop.
· Katy Schaefer proved to be the walk-off hero for Houston Baptist with her game-winning, two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning.
By The Numbers
· HBU outhit the Pioneers, 9-4.
· Saturday's second game marked the second contest of the young season that Sacred Heart has played error-free softball.
· Third baseman Katelyn Christian led the SHU offense against the Huskies going 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored. Caroline Kruger had one hit and run scored, and Alyssa Gonzalez added the Pioneers' other base knock.
· Roberts, Schaefer and Avery Drake each had two hits apiece for Houston Baptist.
In The Circle
· Junior Shyanne Fennell, who took the loss as the starter in game one of the day versus Seton Hall, fell to 0-4 on the season by absorbing the defeat in relief of sophomore Colleen Walsh in the Houston Baptist game. Fennell worked two complete innings in which she allowed one unearned run on two hits with two walks and no strikeouts. Starter Walsh was plagued by wildness on Saturday issuing five base on balls in 5.2 innings pitched. In her 5.2 innings in the circle, Colleen also allowed seven hits, three runs (all earned) with four K's.
· Houston Baptist's Sarah Venker raised her season record to 3-2 with the win over Sacred Heart, as she pitched an eight-inning complete game allowing four hits, three unearned runs and recording three strikeouts and issuing three walks.