(Hamden, CT) – The Sacred Heart Pioneer Baseball team split a doubleheader with the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sunday afternoon, winning game one 14-2 before falling 6-5 in game two in the bottom of the ninth.
The Pioneers pounded 15 hits to support John Hermanson (Milford, CT), who improved to 4-0 by allowing two runs on eight hits in five innings of work. The Bobcats jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Joe Poletsky and RBI single by Kyle Nisson. However, Hermanson shut them down the rest of the way with three strikeouts and four walks.
The Pioneers got on the board on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) in the third, then took the lead for good in the fourth. John Murphy (Seymour, CT) tied the game with an RBI single to right. The Pioneers took the lead when MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) hit a fly ball to left with the bases loaded that was dropped for another run. Steve Tedesco (Mision Viejo, CA) was hit with a pitch to force in another run, and Schifano added another sacrifice fly.
SHU broke the game open in the fifth with four more runs, starting with a double to the right-centerfield gap by Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY). Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT) drove in two more with a single up the middle, and Schifano brought in another with a base hit to right field.
Boisture added a two-run homerun in the sixth, following an RBI single by Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) with a line drive over the right field fence.
In game two, the Bobcats rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win in the bottom of the ninth on a game-winning RBI double to center by Ray Buckley.
SHU scored twice in the second on an RBI single by Schifano and a run-scoring groundout by Tedesco, but Quinnipiac got one back on an RBI single by Gabe Guerino a half-inning later. The Pioneers responded with three in the third on RBI singles by Murphy and McEvoy and a safety squeeze by Schifano.
The Bobcats chipped away at the lead with an RBI single by Buckley in the fourth, and then cut it to a one run game on a two-run homerun to right center by Chris Migani in the fifth. Quinnipiac tied the game in the eighth on Joe Poletski's RBI single.
With the split Sunday, Sacred Heart won three games in the four-game series. They Pioneers host the Yale Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard beginning at 3:30 p.m.