March 16, 2014

Pioneers Fall 7-6 in Series Finale at Fordham

Bronx, NY – The Fordham Rams used a five run fourth inning to fuel a 7-6 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers Sunday afternoon at Houlihan Park. Sacred Heart took two of three from the Rams and are now 5-7 on the season.

As they did in both games yesterday, the Pioneers jumped out to an early lead  in the third inning. The Pioneers capitalized on a Fordham error that allowed Victor Sorrento (Monroe Township, NJ) to score from second base. Sorrento reached on a base hit and scored on a dropped fly ball that would have ended the inning.

SHU added to its lead in the fourth inning as senior Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT) knocked in Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) for the Pioneers second run of the afternoon. Sullivan led off the inning with a double down the left field line.

Down 2-0, Fordham roared back in the fourth. With the bases loaded, Luke Stampfl roped a bases-clearing triple to left center field to give Fordham a 4-2 lead, their first lead of the weekend. Fordham added another run in the inning off a Sacred Heart error that could have ended the inning. 

The Pioneers responded right back in the fifth, as a couple freshmen came up with RBI base hits. Ted Shaw (Southington, CT) smacked a single to centerfield to score Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL) from second base. Byram reached base on an infield hit.  Shaw then came around to score on a base hit by fellow rookie Zack Short (Hurley, NY) to cut the Fordham lead to one.

Fordham added another run in the 6th inning with a two out RBI single by second baseman Joey Runco.

Down by two runs, the Pioneers once again battled back, this time tying the game in the seventh inning. Sophomore Jesus Medina (New York, NY) started the rally with a great hustle play to reach first base after striking out. The sophomore raced down the line after his swing and a miss was bounced in the turf. Short followed Medina with a walk, and then a Sullivan base hit once again brought SHU within one run. Short scored the game-tying run with aggressive base running that saw him sprint down the third base line after yet another strikeout was bounced on the turf and the Fordham catcher had to make the throw down to first base.

In the bottom half of the seventh, Fordham scored the game-winning run on a well-executed suicide squeeze. Starting pitcher Tim Swatek led off the inning with a base hit and then reached third on a sacrifice bunt. Ryan McNally then put down a well-placed squeeze bunt to allow Swatek to slide home for the game-winning run. 

Offensively, Sullivan and Byram both had two hits to lead the Pioneers. Four of Sacred Heart's seven runs against were unearned.  

Sacred Heart is back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they travel to take on the URI Rams.