Southeastern Louisiana Walks Off in the 9th to Down Pioneers

Hammond, LA (March 9, 2014) – In the final game of Sacred Heart's seven game Louisiana road trip, Southeastern Louisiana walked off in the ninth inning to a 2-1 win Sunday afternoon at Alumni Field. SHU closes out the road trip with a 3-4 record.

Starting pitcher Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) gave the Pioneers a nice effort in his second start of the season, allowing just one run in 6.1 innings for the no-decision. 

Freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY) went three-for-four at the dish, while sophomore Victor Sorrento (Monroe Township, NJ) went two-for-four and knocked in the Pioneers only run. Short finished the Bayou trip hitting a team-high .444 at the dish (12-for-27).

For SLU, right-hander Dylan Hills registered the win, pitching three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

It didn't take long for SHU to get on the board, putting a runner across in the top of the first inning. Sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) started the rally with a one out walk, while Short followed with a base-hit. Following a groundout, Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) walked to load the bases with two outs. With the bases juiced, Sorrento knocked a base hit to left field to score Sullivan, but a strong throw from left-fielder Kyle Cedotal buried Short at home who was trying to score from second base.

The Lions evened the score in the sixth inning, with Jam Williams smacking a base hit to right field to score Jacob Williams from second and tie the game at one. Williams stole second after starting the rally with a single to right field.

A wild ninth inning spelled doom for Sacred Heart.  Andrew Godbold led off the inning reaching on a SHU error. Corey Bryan, who came in to pinch run for Godbold, was subsequently thrown out by SHU catcher Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) trying to steal second base. Brett Hoffman got the really re-started with a one out double to right-center field. Sacred Heart would intentially walk the next two Southern Louisiana batters after Bryan reached third base on a balk. With the bases loaded and one down, Webb Bobo hit a sacrifice fly to center field to give the Lions a 2-1 win. 

Sacred Heart returns home for a match-up against the UCONN Huskies on Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.