(Manhattan, KS) – The Sacred Heart University Baseball team scored four times in the first inning and tied it with three in the seventh, but lost a back-and-forth game at Kansas State University 9-7 Thursday night.
The Pioneers jumped to an early lead on RBI singles by John Murphy (Seymour, CT), Dan Perez (Seymour, CT), an RBI fielder's choice by Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT, and a run-scoring balk. However, the Wildcats scored seven in the first on RBI singles by Tanner Wilt, Blair DeBord, and Jon Davis and the biggest hit of the inning, a grand slam to left that snuck inside the foul pole by Dan Klein.
Neither team scored again until the seventh, with Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) settling down and holding the Wildcats scoreless to allow SHU to tie the game in the seventh. Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) brought the Pioneers within one with an RBI triple to right, then came home with the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Murphy.
However, with two outs in the seventh, KSU reclaimed the lead on a two-run homerun to right by Wade Hinkle, which proved to be the game-winning runs.
SHU takes on KSU again Friday, April 6 at 7:30 pm EST in the second of a three-game series, with Troy Scribner (Wsahington Depot, CT) starting on the mound.