(Raleigh, NC) – The Sacred Heart University Baseball team's 2012 season came to an end Saturday afternoon at NC State's Doak Field, as the Pioneers fell 13-4 to the UNC Wilmington Seahawks in the second day of the Raleigh Regional of the NCAA Tournament.
After falling behind 2-0 in the second on a solo homerun by Thomas Pope and an RBI single by Michael Bass, the Pioneers tied it on a two-run single to left by John Murphy (Seymour, CT).
However, UNC-Wilmington took the lead for good in the fourth, scoring four runs with two outs. Matt Campbell drove an RBI double to right, followed by back-to-back homeruns by Tyler Molinaro and Andrew Cain. Corey Dick made it a six-run lead with a two-run homerun to right in the fifth. Drew Farber made it 10-2 Seahawks with a two-run single to right in the sixth.
Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT) blasted a long two-run homerun to left to bring SHU within six in the seventh. The Pioneers worked three straight walks to load the bases, but were unable to capitalize anymore. Farber put the game out of reach with a three-run homerun to center, his fourth hit of the day and the Seahawks' fifth homerun of the game.
The Pioneers finished their season 25-32, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year and third time overall in program history. Also of note, Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) moved into third place all-time at SHU with his 215th career hit, an infield single in the fourth inning of the final game in his career.
"We're disappointed we didn't do better here in the tournament, but I'm really proud of the guys the way they battled after a tough start. A lot of people wrote us off," said head coach Nick Giaquinto. "At the beginning of the year, we set our goals of winning the NEC Tournament and getting the NCAA Tournament and we achieved that. Along the way, we also achieved our goal of showing up every day and trying to get better. These guys had a successful year and made memories they are going to have for a life time. It was a great year in a lot of ways."