Bridgeport, CT – The Wagner Seahawks scored three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-4 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon, salvaging a weekend split with the Pioneers. Sacred Heart (5-10) got three RBI from John Murphy but it was not enough as they begin conference play with a four game split.
Sophomore Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ) notched the loss in his second start of the season for the Pioneers, giving up four runs on 4.2 innings of work.
Smith led off the fifth inning rally for Wagner with a walk and a stolen base before scoring on a double by Nick Dini to extend their lead to 4-0.
James Cooksey (Norwalk, CT) was able to escape trouble coming on in relief of Morrissey in the fifth inning. Cooksey gave up two runs in 3.1 innings of work.
Sacred Heart was able to cut into the Wagner lead in the bottom of the fifth. John Murphy (Seymour, CT) secured a walk with the bases loaded, recording his 14th RBI of the season. Brian Lamboy scored on the walk after he led off the inning with a single to left field. The Pioneers however would leave the bases loaded to end the fifth. SHU left 11 men on base.
Wagner added two more in the seventh inning on two ill-timed pass balls for the Pioneers with runners on second and third, to make the score 6-1 heading into the bottom of seventh.
Sacred Heart would battle back in the bottom of the inning, getting a sac fly from Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) to score Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) to cut the lead to 6-2. Boisture led off the inning with a walk.
Sacred Heart attempted a great comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning when Murphy hit his second homerun of the series over the right field wall to cut the SHU deficit half but that was as close as they would get.
Senior Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Pioneers.
Sacred Heart is next in action on Wednesday when they host the Iona Gaels at 3 o'clock.