Softball Loses Double Header to Pioneers

Softball Loses Double Header to Pioneers
by Tom Butto
April 6, 2008

HAMDEN — The Quinnipiac University softball team lost both games of their double header to in-state rival Sacred Heart University (13-14, 5-1) on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Field.

The Bobcats (11-24, 1-5) ran into a pitching road block and a hitting clinic in the first game in the form of Megan Spehar, a star pitcher on the Pioneers team. Spehar befuddled the Bobcats hitters in a complete game six hit performance. The veteran senior pitcher only gave up one earned run as she painted the outside corner of the paint throughout the game.

The two runs scored by the Bobcats came on a throwing error by Shannon McCoy scoring Jill Viglione from second base. The next run for Quinnipiac came on an RBI single by sophomore outfielder Heather Maffeo to tie the game.

Spehar helped out her own cause with an RBI single in the sixth inning, she also had three hits and scored a run. The pitcher has seven RBI and is batting .228 on the year.

In the second game of the double header, the Bobcats had an equally difficult challenge, going up against the dominating freshman pitcher for the Pioneers, Jen Russell. Before the second game, Russell was 6-7 and had been a workhorse, pitching 86 innings.

Sacred Heart got the same results as Russell, as she pitched six innings, giving up one unearned run on an RBI single by Emily Bellush.

Taylor Frolich, Melissa Mezzanotte, and Shannon McCoy all had two RBI in the winning effort for Sacred Heart.

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