QUEENS, NY – Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) pitched six scoreless innings and the offense knocked 14 hits as the Sacred Heart Pioneers defeated the St. John's Red Storm 10-2 Saturday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium. Sacred Heart improves to 10-8 on the season.
In what is appearing to be a regular occurrence, Kerski shut down the Red Storm in six innings of work to get his fourth win of the season. Kerski scattered just two hits, struck out four, and didn't give up a run for the fourth consecutive start. Kerski has allowed just one earned run in 33.1 innings this season.
The Pioneers set the tone in the third, jumping all over the Red Storm. Junior center fielder Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) led off the rally with a single to right field. Freshman Ted Shaw (Southington, CT) followed Flint with a sacrifice bunt, but was able to reach on a St. John's error. After a strikeout and a fly out, freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY) kept the inning going with a walk to load the bases. With the bases juiced, sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) smacked a bases clearing double to left field to put SHU up 3-0.
Sacred Heart added on in the next inning with a couple of more runs. Freshman Keith Klebart (Orange, CT) led off the frame with an infield single, followed by a Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) base hit to right field. Klebart advanced to third on a well-executed hit and run. After Flint flied out to left field, Shaw placed down a perfectly placed bunt single to score Klebart. Horn would come around to score on an error by St. John's second baseman Bret Dennis and the Pioneers were up 5-0.
St. John's chipped away a bit in the seventh, after a couple of SHU errors and walks allowed the Red Storm to score two runs.
The Pioneers responded immediately in the top of the eighth. Following a McEvoy infield hit and a Horn walk, Flint doubled to right field to score McEvoy and send Horn to third. After Shaw struck out, Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL) smacked a single up the middle to score both Horn and Flint and put SHU up 8-2.
Sacred Heart added a couple more in the ninth after St. John's made its fourth and fifth errors of the ballgame.
The Pioneers and Red Storm are scheduled to play tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.
Notes: SHU and St. John's cancelled the second game of the scheduled doubleheader due to rain.