Bridgeport, CT – Senior right-hander Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) struck out a career high 14 en route to a 2-1 complete game victory over the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Scribner had LIU Brooklyn guessing all afternoon, notching his second win of the year and improved the Pioneers' conference record to 3-2 on the season.
Scribner was dealing all afternoon, including striking out three Blackbirds in a row after walking the lead off man in the sixth inning.
LIU Brooklyn's Justin Topa took the loss, giving up two runs on six innings. He also walked four and struck out four.
Sacred Heart missed on an opportunity to get off to the early 1-0 lead in the first inning when junior Billy McDonough was thrown out at home plate attempting to score from first base. Senior shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT) smacked a Topa fastball over the right fielder's head to the wall but a nice relay by right fielder Albert Faz to second baseman Evan Emerich on to Chris Untereiner at the plate was able to get McDonough attempting to score from first base. Murphy earned his fourth triple of the season on the play.
LIU Brooklyn grabbed their only run in the fifth inning. Faz led off the inning with a single to center field and would come around on a Pete Leonello single to right field with two outs. Faz moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Emerich.
Sacred Heart tied the game at one in the sixth inning on a Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) single that scored Murphy from third who reached on a fielder's choice before stealing second base and advancing to third on a wild pitch. The Pioneers were not done in the sixth, taking the 2-1 lead on a Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ) ground out that scored junior Dan Perez (Seymour, CT). Perez reached on a walk.