(Bridgeport, CT) – The Bryant Bulldogs scored four runs in the first inning and staved off the Sacred Heart Pioneers to split a four-game series with a 4-2 win Sunday at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) found himself down 4-0 before recording an out in the first inning. However, after giving up a bases-clearing three-run triple to David Soltis and a run-scoring groundout, the senior righty battled through 8.2 innings and kept his team in position to come back with a gutsy performance. He scattered eight hits and struck out six, leaving one out shy of his second straight complete game.
The Pioneers broke through in the fifth on an RBI single to left by Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA). After Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) cut the deficit in half with an RBI double to right center in the eighth, it appeared Tedesco would once again come up with a big two-out hit to extend a Sacred Heart rally. However, with runners at the corners, his one-hop smash up the middle was snared on a great diving stop by second baseman Colin Dougherty, who flipped to second for a force out on Schifano on a controversially close play.
Craig Schlitter earned the win, holding the Pioneers to two runs on seven hits through seven plus innings, and Jonathan Cohen picked up the two-inning save.
The Pioneers are next in action at CCSU next Friday, May 6, at 3:00 p.m., when they begin a four-game series with the Blue Devils. CCSU is coming off a four-game sweep of Quinnipiac, and is now tied with Sacred Heart for third place in the NEC with identical 15-9 records.