Bridgeport, Conn – Sophomore Jesus Medina (New York, NY) was thrown out at home plate with two outs in the ninth inning as Mount St. Mary's escaped Harbor Yard Saturday afternoon with a 6-5 win over the Sacred Heart Pioneers. The win was the third straight for the Mount over SHU and dropped the Pioneers to 5-3 in the NEC.
Starting pitcher Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ) earned the loss for the Pioneers, allowing five runs in 5.1 innings.
A back and forth game all afternoon, SHU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Medina knocked in the Pioneers first run, singling to right field to score freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY).
The Pioneers padded their lead in the third inning when senior Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT) initiated a bases loaded walk to put SHU ahead 2-0. Sacred Heart loaded the bases on a Ted Shaw (Southington, CT) walk to lead off the inning, followed by a Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) base hit and a Medina walk. With the bases still loaded with one out, a force out at home on a grounder to third and a fly out to right field ended the SHU scoring threat.
The Mount stormed back in the middle innings, scoring runs in three consecutive innings to take the lead. A Zach Hostetter RBI double to right field in the fifth inning started things for the Mount. Ryan Owens would come around to score from first base. Hostetter then scored to tie the game at two on a Chris Del Vecchio single to left field.
Sacred Heart answered right back in the bottom of the inning, once again taking the lead. Junior Matt Charmello (Rossmoor, CA) roped a two-out fast ball to score Short and put the Pioneers back on top 3-2.
The big hit of the afternoon came in the top of the sixth inning from Mount left field, Ryan Owens, in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Owens drilled a double down the left field line to clear the bases and give Mount St. Mary's a 5-3 lead.
The Pioneers once again answered quickly, getting within one run in the bottom of the sixth on a Shaw RBI ground out to score Victor Sorrento (Monroe Township, NJ).
The Mountaineers added a much-needed insurance run in seventh as Del Vecchio came around to score on an Andrew Frazier double down the left field line, which would end up being th game-winning run.
In on the action all afternoon long, Medina led off the Pioneers seventh with a double of his own down the right field line. Short then followed with a double down the left field line and SHU was once again within one run at 6-5.
After James Cooksey (Norwalk, CT) pitched back-to-back scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth, the Pioneers had one last chance to tie the game.
After leading off the ninth inning with a walk, Medina beat out a throw from third baseman Korey Britton at second base on a Zack Short sacrifice bunt attempt, giving Sacred Heart runners on first and second with no outs.
Following two consecutive strikeouts, Charmello looped a single into left field that Ryan Owens corralled and threw a strike home to get Medina trying to score from second and end the game. Medina attempted a wraparound slide but was unable to touch the plate.
The Pioneers will continue their 11-game home stand on Wednesday afternoon when the Fairfield Stags come to Harbor Yard.