HAMMOND, LA (March 8, 2014)—Jayson Sullivan's (Charlton, N.Y.) sent a two-run homer over the fence in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough to bring the Pioneers back as the Sacred Heart baseball team fell to Southeastern Louisiana 6-2 Saturday afternoon on Alumni Field. The loss drops the Pioneers to 3-3 this season.
Senior Nick Leiningen got his first loss of the season after giving up five runs to the Lions on eight hits over 5.1 innings. SLU rallied with two outs in the bottom of the second connecting for back-to-back doubles putting the first run on the board. After a third consecutive hit, a single by Kevin Carr, a Pioneer fielding error allowed the second run of the inning to score.
The Lions tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth, getting three off Leiningen and one of relief pitcher Jesus Media (New York, N.Y.), who in 2.1 innings of work gave up just one run on three hits.
Mike Lembo (North Haledon, N.J.) took the ball from Medina in the eighth inning and was lights out. After allowing a lead-off walk to Gabe Woods, SHU catcher Jake Friar (Westport, Mass.) made the laser throw to catch Woods stealing for the first out of the inning. Lembo struck out the next batter, and got Carr to fly out to end the inning.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Ted Shaw (Southington, Conn.) singled to left field getting on for Sullivan's long ball, which knocked SLU's starting pitcher Tate Scioneaux out of the game. Dylan Hills took over on the mound for the Lions getting the final two batters out.
The Pioneers take on the Lions again tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.