Seven Pioneers Honored with NEC Baseball Post Season Awards

(Norwich, CT) – Seven players on the Sacred Heart University Baseball team earned All-NEC accolades, announced by the Northeast Conference on the eve of the NEC Baseball Tournament at the annual conference awards banquet Thursday night at Dodd Stadium.

Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) earned both Rookie of the Year and Second-Team All-NEC Pitcher award for a freshman season in which he went 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA overall, including a conference record of 6-1 with a 3.25 ERA against NEC opponents.  He was second in the NEC this season with six complete games.

Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) was named First-Team All-NEC at first base, tying for the league lead in RBI with 43 and hitting .347 with a team-best four homeruns.  He also has played an error-free season at first base, where he started 51 of 52 games this year.

JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) and Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) were both named First-Team All-NEC outfielders in their graduate senior seasons.  Edwards led the team and finished second in the NEC with a .388 batting average and 76 hits.  He enters the tournament just five hits shy of the single-season record at Sacred Heart, and also led the team this season with 38 runs and a .425 OBP.  Edwards also did not commit an error despite playing every game this season, mostly in left field.  

Tedesco hit .335 with a team-best 14 stolen bases.  He scored 34 runs this season and enters the tournament with 169 career runs, six shy of the all-time SHU record.  His 232 career hits are also the second most in SHU Baseball history.

MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) was named Second-Team All-NEC at third base, enjoying a breakout senior season.  He hit .342 with two homeruns, 28 RBI, and 34 runs.  His season included hitting for the cycle at Iona on March 29 and ripping a walk-off RBI single in extra-innings against Bryant on April 30.  He has delivered in the clutch all season too, leading the team with a .415 average with runners in scoring position and a .478 average leading off an inning.

Hunter Phillips (Monroe, NY) earned Second-Team All-NEC honors at second base, hitting .333 with 31 RBI and 36 runs this year.  Like Schifano, he also hit well in clutch situations.  He drove in 10 of 13 runners from third with less than two outs, hit .362 with two outs, .410 with runners in scoring position, and a team-high .417 with runners on base.

Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) rounds out the Pioneer Baseball award winner, as he was named a Second-Team All-NEC pitcher.  Sacred Heart's Friday starter tied for the NEC lead with eight wins (8-2 record overall), and won his last six consecutive starts.  He accumulated a 3.98 ERA over 83.2 innings on the mound, second most in the NEC.

The #2 Pioneers take on the #3 Long Island Blackbirds in their first game of the double-elimination NEC Tournament Friday, May 20 at 3:30 p.m. at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT.