Several members of the Sacred Heart University Baseball team are playing in collegiate summer leagues throughout the northeast. Follow their summer seasons, as SHU Baseball Media Coordinator and Play-By-Play announcer Randy Brochu updates their progress periodically through the summer with the Sacred Heart University Baseball Summer Notebook.
Welcome Pioneer fans to the first installment of the Sacred Heart University Baseball Summer Notebook. Here's hoping the good times from this past spring's NEC Championship run have carried over to your summers.
They definitely have for Rob Griffith and Troy Scribner, who have carried over the same consistency we saw from them as All-NEC players for the conference champs to the Vermont Mountaineers of the NECBL. After finishing the 2011 season at .335 and the team leader with 44 RBI at first base, Griffith is hitting .348 (8-23) with a homerun, 3 RBI, and 4 runs. Scribner, who won seven consecutive games going into the Clemson Regional as SHU's Friday starter, is a perfect 2-0 through his first two starts with a 1.39 ERA in 13 innings. Liam Rafferty, also with Vermont this summer, had a very encouraging performance in his most recent outing. The hard-throwing righty earned the win in relief against Mystic on June 18, pitching a dominating three innings with one hit and six strikeouts in a 6-5 Mountaineer victory. In that win, they faced their NEC Tournament MVP SHU teammate John Murphy, who went 2-3 with a double and a run. The Pioneers shortstop is now hitting .304 (7-23) with eight runs for the Schooners, good for second overall in the NECBL.
Robbie Maguire and Derick Horn, two Pioneers who had strong finishes to their freshman seasons at SHU, are just getting started with the Sherrill Silversmiths of the NYCBL. Horn is 1-4 in his only game at catcher on June 21, while Maguire took a tough-luck loss on June 20 against Utica. He went seven innings and gave up just three earned runs with five strikeouts. This came on the heels of a sharp two-inning performance out of the bullpen against Syracuse on July 16, when he retired all six batters he faced with two strikeouts. Overall, he is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in nine innings, with just one walk and seven strikeouts.
Mike Korevec also dominated Syracuse in a 3-0 win for his Rome Thunderbirds on June 16, pitching seven shutout innings of one-hit ball. He allowed two walks with three strikeouts. While those are excellent stats, the most interesting number associated with him might be 99, which is the uniform number he is wearing this summer.
Although he graduated this past May, JJ Edwards will be a presence in the NYCBL this season. He continues his coaching career as an assistant with the Oneonta Outlaws, who are 5-7 to date.
Finally, congratulations to Matt Fitton on continuing his career as a pro with the Newark Bears of the Independent Can-Am League. Fitton made his professional debut Monday, June 20 with the Bears against Worcester and pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings of relief, striking out three with a hit and a walk allowed. He closed out his collegiate career with Sacred Heart in memorable fashion in the NCAA Clemson Regional, allowing just one run in 5.2 innings of relief against the Clemson Tigers on June 3.
Fitton will play for former Major League star outfielder Tim Raines, who manages the Bears. Other former big leaguers on his new team include Tim Raines, Jr. (outfield), Daryl Ward (infield), Jim Leyritz (third base coach), and Ron Karkovice (assistant coach).
Check back on July 6, when we will have another update. In the mean time, we'd like to hear from you too. Check out this same story on Facebook and Twitter (Like Sacred Heart University Pioneers on Facebook and Follow SHUBigRed on Twitter if you haven't already) and add your comments. Until then, enjoy these first days of summer, get out to a ballgame, and have a great Fourth of July!