NEW ORLEANS, LA - Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) pitched six strong innings and Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ) recorded the three inning save, as the Sacred Heart baseball team opened the 2014 season with a 3-2 win over Tulane Saturday afternoon at Turchin Field.
Kerski allowed just one earned run and yielded just three hits in six innings, while striking out six. Morrissey did not allow a run in three innings, giving up just one hit.
Freshman Zak Short put on a show in his Pioneer debut, going three-for-four at the dish, including a third inning RBI triple to put SHU up 2-0. Sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) and junior Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) each had two hits.
The Pioneers jumped all over the Green Wave in the first inning, with each of the Pioneers first four batters reaching base. Freshman Ted Shaw (Southington, CT) got it started with a leadoff walk, and then after another walk, Short singled to left field to load the bases for senior Dan Perez (Seymour, CT). Perez initiated a bases loaded walk to score the Pioneers first run of the game. SHU threatened for more in the first but Flint grounded into an inning ending double play.
Sacred Heart added to their lead in the third inning with Short tripling to right field to drive in Sullivan from first base.
Tulane got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Right fielder Lex Kaplan scored on a fielder's choice after a SHU error allowed him to advance to third.
A leadoff triple by Flint in the fourth once again put pressure on Tulane. Two batters later, Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL) came up with a clutch two out base hit to score Flint and put SHU up 3-1.
Tulane once again cut into the SHU lead in the fourth, as DH Andrew Garner scored on a fielder's choice. Garner led off the inning with a double down the right field line.
The one run lead would be all Sacred Heart needed, shutting down Tulane over the final five innings to earn the series opening win.
Tulane loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth inning, but Morrissey was able to get Stephen Alemais to fly out to center to end the game.
Sacred Heart and Tulane will be right back at it tomorrow afternoon for game two of the series at 1:00 pm.