Pioneers Hold On to Beat Mount St. Mary's, 7-5
Emmitsburg, MD – The Sacred Heart Pioneers scored four runs in the fourth inning en route to a 7-5 win over Mount Saint Mary's Thursday afternoon at Straw Family Stadium in Emmitsburg, Maryland. SHU improves to 25-21 on the season and 20-9 in the NEC.
Sophomore Dan Wertz (Cross River, NY) notched the win for the Pioneers, allowing just one run on two hits in 3.1 innings in relief of SHU starter Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT). Scribner left the game after 3.2 innings with an apparent injury. Wertz is now 3-2 on the season.
Freshman Jesus Medina (New York, NY) earned his second save of the season, shutting the door on the Mountaineers in 1.1 innings of work.
The Mountaineers jumped out the 1-0 lead in the first inning after a SHU error allowed Jay Knight to reach third and come around to score on a Sam Nott ground out.
Sacred Heart got on the board in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by freshman Jesus Medina, scoring senior shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT). Murphy got the inning started with an infield hit, followed by a double down the first base line by Dan Perez (Seymour, CT). Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) knocked in the Pioneers' second run with a base hit up the middle to score Perez. With two outs in the fourth, Senior Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT) came through with a base hit to left field to score Flint for SHU to take the 3-1 lead. Following a stolen base by Gondek, fellow senior Jonathan Servilla (Fairfield, CT) smacked a base hit of his own up the middle to score Gondek.
SHU added a couple more in the sixth on a bases loaded walk to freshman Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ), scoring Flint, who led off the inning with a double down the right field line. After a sacrifice bunt by freshman Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) and a strikeout by Gondek, back to back walks to Servilla and Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) loaded the bases for Lamboy. Murphy followed Lamboy with a two out base knock to score Servilla.
In the 8th inning, Boisture crushed a first pitch fastball over the center field wall for his third homerun of the season, making it 7-2 SHU.
MSM attempted a comeback, scoring three runs in the 8th but could not get all the way back. Nott nailed a base hit to left field to score Knight to cut the Sacred Heart lead to 7-3. After a force out, junior outfielder Nick Walker smacked a two run double to right center field. Medina struck out senior Mo Moriarity to escape the eighth inning still up two runs.
Sacred Heart and Mount St. Mary's continue their four game series tomorrow afternoon with a doubleheader set to start at 1:00 pm.