FAIRFIELD, Conn – The Sacred Heart baseball team will look to snap a four-game losing streak this weekend when the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds come to town for a four-game set.
Sacred Heart is 5-3 in the NEC this season after dropping three of four games to Mount St. Mary's last weekend. Overall, the Pioneers are 18-16 this season, having lost eight games by just one run. Before last weekend, SHU was 18-5 in weekend games, with series victories over Tulane, Cornell, Fordham, NJIT, and Fairleigh Dickinson.
Senior right-hander Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) will take the ball on Friday afternoon, fresh off winning his sixth game of the season last weekend against the Mount. Kerski is 6-1 this season with a 1.30 ERA, which ranks first in the NEC and 26th in the country. Jason Foley (North Bellmore, NY) and Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) have also been stellar this season, with both of them in the top five in the NEC in ERA. Foley is 2-2 this season with a 1.98 ERA, while Stoddard has a 3-1 record with a 3.07 ERA. As a whole, the Pioneers pitching staff ranks first in the conference with a combined 2.83 ERA.
Offensively, freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY) and senior Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT) have led the way for the Pioneers. McEvoy paces the Pioneers in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.443), and slugging percentage (.420), while Short is batting .319 with a team-high 37 hits and 24 runs scored.
LIU Brooklyn also comes into the weekend on a losing streak, having dropped five consecutive games after being swept by the Bryant Bulldogs last weeked and dropping a mid-week game to Hofstra. The Blackbirds currently lead the NEC in batting with a .306 team average. Bobby Webb (.376), John Ziznewski (.355), and Pete Leonello (.348) all rank in the top five in the league in hitting. Ziznewski and Webb are also 1-2 in the NEC in runs batted in, with 42 and 32 respectively.
The Pioneers took three of four from LIU Brooklyn at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard last season. SHU also defeated the Blackbirds in the NEC Tournament to reach the championship game for the fourth consecutive year.
Sacred Heart and LIU Brooklyn will get things underway Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. SHU will honor its five departing seniors Sunday morning as part of "Senior Day".
Friday: Kerski vs. Nick Freijomil
Saturday (Game One): Stoddard vs. Brian Drapeau
Saturday (Game Two): Foley vs. Matt McCormick
Sunday: Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ) vs. Bobby Maxwell