Stony Brook, NY – Sophomore James Cooksey (Norwalk, CT) pitched three scoreless innings in relief as the Sacred Heart Pioneers defeated the Stony Brook Seawolves, 5-2, Wednesday afternoon at Joe Nathan Field in Stony Brook, NY. SHU improves to an impressive 29-21 on the season and still 23-9 in the Northeast Conference.
Cooksey notched his second win of the season, tossing three scoreless innings in relief of sophomore Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ).
Morrissey also pitched well for the Pioneers, allowing just two runs in six innings to earn the no decision.
The Seawolves wasted no time in jumping out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. First baseman Kevin Courtney scored from third base on a balk by Morrissey. Courtney reached base on a hit by pitch and advanced to third on a Tanner Nivins base hit to left center.
SHU struck back in the third inning with senior Jonathan Servilla (Fairfield, CT) leading off the inning with a double down the left field line. Servilla scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL) to tie the game up at one.
Stony Brook again took the lead in the sixth inning when Joshua Mason singled to center field to score Johnny Caputo. Caputo smacked a one out triple down the right field line.
SHU once again fought back to tie the game up in the seventh inning. Freshman Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) scored on a Stony Brook wild pitch to tie the game up at two. Sullivan pinch ran for sophomore Matt Charmello (Rossmoor, CA) who knocked a base hit up the middle.
The Pioneers took the lead in the eighth inning on an RBI single from junior DH Dan Perez (Seymour, CT), scoring senior Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY). Boisture was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.
SHU added a couple of runs of insurance in the ninth inning off Stony Brook pitcher Kenny Ball. Sophomore Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) smacked a lead off double over the left fielder's head to start the rally. Flint scored on the following play when Ball threw away a Sullivan sacrifice bunt, attempting to throw the speedy freshman out at first. Servilla would hit a sacrifice fly to score Sullivan for Sacred Heart's fifth and final run.
SHU is back in action tomorrow afternoon when they host Niagara for a doubleheader beginning at noon.