Lakewood, NJ – A night before the Northeast Conference Baseball Championship kicks off in Lakewood, New Jersey, the Northeast Conference named four Pioneers to All-Conference first and second teams. Three Pioneers made the NEC first team; senior John Murphy (Seymour, CT), senior Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY), and junior Dan Perez (Seymour, CT). Senior Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) made the All-NEC second team.
Murphy once again led the way offensively for the Pioneers this season. Murphy was the NEC Tournament MVP in 2011 and a NEC second teamer last season. The right handed slugger leads Sacred Heart in every offensive category. He is currently in the NEC top five in 6 offensive categories, leading the conference in batting average (.381) and triples (8). The senior captain leads the team in slugging (.598), on base percentage (.457), doubles (13), home runs (4), walks (25), and stolen bases (26). Murphy currently has 260 career hits as a Pioneer and trails just Matt Lemanczyk's 267 for the all-time record. Murphy already has the all-time SHU RBI record with 166 career runs batted in and the all time triples record with 17 career three baggers.
Senior Dave Boisture broke through in his senior season, improving in all apsects of his game. The athletic first baseman raised his batting average an incredible 84 points and knocked in 21 more runs than in his junior season. He also has struck out 22 less times than a year ago. Boisture is second on the team, batting .342 (.428 in NEC play) with 31 RBI. He also came up with one of the biggest hits of the season, smacking the game winning triple, in the 12th inning of a 3-2 win over Monmouth on April 26th.
An NEC first teamer of a year a go, junior Dan Perez was back at it again this season, winning that honor for the second straight year. Perez batted .302 this season with 25 RBI and a .420 slugging percentage. The switch-hitting slugger has been hot of late, batting .405 (15 for 37) with 8 RBI in his last 11 games.
Scribner was the ace of a Sacred Heart pitching staff that ranks second in the Northeast Conference with a 3.58 ERA. On the season, Scribner is 4-2 with a 2.78 ERA and leads the Northeast Conference with 80 strikeouts. Earlier this year, the senior captain was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after snapping the Bryant Bulldogs' 19 game win streak and handing them their first conference loss of the season. Scribner struck out 11 Bulldogs en route to the complete game victory. Troy is currently second in the SHU record books in both innings pitched and strikeouts.
The Pioneers open up NEC Championship play tomorrow afternoon when they face-off against the Monmouth Hawks at 3:30 pm.