Hamden, CT - Senior Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) threw a second consecutive complete game for Sacred Heart, but the Pioneers fell 4-1 at Quinnipiac Friday afternoon. Quinnipiac starting pitcher Derek Lamacchia also pitched a complete game, allowing only the lone run on seven SHU hits to improve to 3-3 on the season. Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac now both sit at 5-4 in the Northeast Conference.
Scribner pitched eight innings, giving up the four runs on just four hits; Scribner also struck out nine Bobcats, adding to his league leading 35 put-outs entering this weekend.
Sacred Heart's lone run would come in the second inning, temporarily taking the lead on a line drive to right field hit by junior catcher Derick Horn (Valatie, NY), scoring freshman Brian Lamboy who reached on a walk. Horn led the way offensively for the Pioneers, going three for four at the plate with the lone RBI.
Down 4-1 in the eighth, the Pioneers had a great shot at getting back in the game, loading the bases with no one out. Hits by Billy McDonough (Ballston Spa, NY) and Dan Perez (Seymour, CT), sandwiched around a John Murphy (Seymour, CT) walk would load the bases for the Pioneers. SHU however could not get on board, a strikeout and an inning ending double play would put an end to their final rally. The Pioneers left nine men on base in the game.
SHU was done in by a tough sixth inning in which the Bobcats put three on the board. The big hit for the Bobcats came from senior captain Chris Migani who delivered a two out base hit through the right side scoring Mike Palladino and Steffen Herter.
Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac are right back at it tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 pm.