Staten Island, NY – The Sacred Heart Baseball team split a double header with the Wagner Seahawks Saturday afternoon, dropping the first game, 5-2, before rebounding with a 3-1 win in game two at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island.
In game one of the afternoon, Sacred Heart would take the 1-0 lead before giving up five straight runs to the Seahawks.
Sacred Heart had numerous chances to make things interesting on Wagner but could not finish the deal, leaving nine men on base. In the fifth inning the Pioneers loaded the bases with no outs but a strikeout by Jesus Medina (New York, NY) and subsequent double play ground out by Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ) would end the inning for SHU.
Sacred Heart would make things interesting again in the bottom of the seventh inning as senior John Murphy (Seymour, CT) singled home Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) and the Pioneers would again load the bases but a game ending ground out by Sorrento would put away the Pioneers for good.
Sacred Heart would rebound in the second game of the afternoon, coming back from one down in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat the Seahawks, 3-1. Sophomore Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) pitched well for the Pioneers. Stoddard threw a complete game seven innings, allowing just one unearned run. The Pioneers were hitless until their sixth inning come from behind rally.
Junior Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) led off the sixth inning with a base hit, followed by a Dave Boisture walk. With two men on with no outs, Coach Giaquinto elected to have Jayson Sullivan sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position with just one out in the inning. The decision paid off big time for the Pioneers with Billy McDonough singling on the next at bat to drive home Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL), who pinch ran for Horn, and tie the game up at one. SHU would take the lead on a passed ball before a triple by Murphy extended the Pioneers' lead to 3-1.
Sacred Heart looks for their first series win of the year tomorrow afternoon against Wagner. First pitch slated for 1 PM at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.