New Britain, CT – The Sacred Heart baseball team split a doubleheader Sunday afternoon against NEC rival Central Connecticut State. The Pioneers won the first game 2-1 before dropping game two 3-1. SHU beat the Blue Devils three out of four games for their third consecutive NEC series win. Sacred Heart is now 11-5 in the conference.
Sophomore Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) put together another stellar performance in game one, allowing just one run over a complete game seven innings. The left-hander scattered just three hits and struck out five Blue Devils. Stoddard improves to 4-1 on the season.
SHU extended their lead in the fifth inning when senior Dave Boisture roped a fastball into left field to score freshman Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ). Lamboy doubled down the left field line before advancing to third on a wild pitch.
Central Connecticut would score their lone run in the sixth inning on an RBI ground out by Nick Palmisano to score Dylan DelaCruz.
In game two of the doubleheader junior Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) got the start for the Pioneers. Kerski pitched the complete game but a rocky fourth inning for the right-hander earned him the loss.
CCSU got on the board first for the first time in the four game series, taking the 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. J.P. Sportman stroked a double into left field to score Dylan DelaCruz to score CCSU's first run. Sportman would then come around on a two run blast over the right field wall by Tyler McIntyre.
SHU scored their only run in the top of the fifth on an RBI ground out by freshman Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ) to score fellow freshman Jesus Medina.
Sacred Heart is next in action on Wednesday afternoon when they take on Yale at 3:30 pm.