2016-17 Sacred Heart Baseball News
June 19, 2017
SHU Baseball Adds Four to Class of 2021
Sacred Heart Baseball head coach Nick Restaino announced the additions of four student-athletes to the SHU Baseball class of 2021 on Wednesday afternoon.
June 15, 2017
Nighbor, Shaw Earn NEC Scholar-Athlete Honors
Pioneers top conference with 185 Academic Honor Roll selections and 53 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections.
June 7, 2017
SHU Baseball Announces Staff Promotions
Nick Restaino officially assumed the position of head baseball coach at Sacred Heart University this week, following the conclusion of the 2017 season. Restaino also announced the promotion of Wayne Mazzoni and Tim Kiernan.
May 28, 2017
SHU Baseball's Season Comes to Ends in NEC Title Game, Book Closes on Coach Giaquinto's Legendary Career
The Sacred Heart baseball team was unable to hold the second seeded CCSU offense as the Blue Devils, 6-3, in the Northeast Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon. SHU ended the season reaching its ninth straight NEC Tournament and eighth title game in the last nine seasons.
May 27, 2017
Pioneers Fall to CCSU In Game Three of NEC Tournament
The Sacred Heart Baseball team was unable to hold an early lead as the second-seeded Central Connecticut State took game three of the Northeast Conference baseball tournament, 10-4 on Saturday afternoon.
May 27, 2017
12th Inning Walk Off Single By Brown Pushes Pioneers to Championship Sunday
A one-out walk off single to right field by Elijah Brown in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Sacred Heart Baseball team the 4-3 victory over Wagner in the elimination game on Saturday night. The Pioneers (23-35) battled back late to tie the Seahawks (22-28) before eventually clinching their eight Northeast Conference championship game in the last nine seasons
May 26, 2017
Pioneers Down Top Seed Bryant in NEC Tournament Opener
The fourth-seeded Sacred Heart baseball team battled all nine innings to take home the 3-2 victory over the top seeded, Bryant University in the opening game of the Northeast Conference tournament at Dodd Stadium.
May 25, 2017
Thursday's NEC Tournament Opener for SHU Baseball Postponed
Due to constant rain in the forecast, today’s Northeast Conference Tournament opener for the Sacred Heart baseball team has been postponed.
May 24, 2017
SHU Baseball Set for Northeast Conference Tournament
In legendary head coach Nick Giaquinto’s 29th and final season, the Sacred Heart baseball team returns to the Northeast Conference tournament for the ninth straight season. The four-seed Pioneers square off against top seed Bryant on Thursday at 12:00 p.m.
May 20, 2017
Pioneers Grind Out 5-4 Win Over LIU Brooklyn to Advance to Ninth Straight NEC Tournament
The Sacred Heart baseball team held on for the 5-4 victory over LIU Brooklyn in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon. The Pioneers (21-34, 14-13 NEC) completed the third straight win over the Blackbirds (22-28, 12-14 NEC) to complete the series victory and advanced to its ninth straight Northeast Conference baseball tournament.
May 19, 2017
Clutch Hitting and Strong Pitching Guide Pioneers to Sweep LIU Brooklyn in Doubleheader
Led by timely hitting and complete games by sophomore Baylor Sundahl and senior John Sostarich, the Sacred Heart baseball team earned a huge doubleheader sweep over LIU Brooklyn on Friday afternoon.
May 18, 2017
Pioneers Fail to Stop Blackbirds Rally in Series Opener
The Sacred Heart baseball team was unable to stop the comeback from LIU as the Blackbirds took the series opener 9-7 at LIU Field on Thursday afternoon.
May 16, 2017
Pioneers Comeback Falls Short as Albany Takes Matchup on Late Home Run
A leadoff home run by Eric Muller in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the University of Albany the 14-13 edge over the Sacred Heart baseball team in the last non-conference game of the season on Tuesday afternoon.
May 12, 2017
Department of Athletics Celebrates Career Achievements Of Class of 2017
Ellen Nighbor of the women’s golf team and Justin Danforth of the men’s ice hockey received the top honors of the Pioneer Award
May 12, 2017
Bryant Takes Saturday's Doubleheader Over Pioneers for Series Split
The Sacred Heart baseball team was unable to solve Bryant’s pitching staff as the Bulldogs swept the doubleheader on Friday afternoon to split the weekend series.
May 11, 2017
17th Inning Walk Off in Nightcap Gives Pioneers Doubleheader Sweep over Bryant
A bases loaded walk off walk by sophomore Hal Shaw in the 17th inning of game two gave the Sacred Heart Baseball team the 5-4 win and doubleheader sweep against Bryant on Thursday.
May 9, 2017
Pioneers Fall in Midweek Tilt to UConn
The Sacred Heart baseball team dropped a midweek matchup against Nutmeg state counterpart UConn, 5-1 on Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field.
May 7, 2017
Pioneers Downed by CCSU in Series Finale
he Sacred Heart baseball team dropped the final game of the weekend series to CCSU, 9-5 on Sunday afternoon.
May 6, 2017
Blue Devils Top Pioneers in Doubleheader
The Sacred Heart Baseball team was unable to overcome the high powered CCSU offense as the Blue Devils swept the doubleheader, 11-5 and 9-1 on Saturday afternoon.
May 1, 2017
DeFilippo Powers Way to Second NEC Player of The Week Honor
Sacred Heart baseball redshirt junior PJ DeFilippo earned his second Northeast Conference Player of the Week honor in the last three weeks after another monster weekend at the plate.
April 30, 2017
Pioneers Bounce Back In Game Two to Split Doubleheader Against Mount
The Sacred Heart Baseball team bounced back in game two of today’s doubleheader to earn its third Northeast Conference series win of the year.
April 29, 2017
Pioneers Hot Hitting Continues with 17-4 win over Mount on Saturday Afternoon
The Sacred Heart baseball team continued its stellar hitting on Saturday defeating Mount St. Mary’s 17-4 in seven innings.
April 28, 2017
Pioneer Offense Powers Past Mount in Series Opener
Led by redshirt junior PJ DeFilippo’s career-high seven runs batted in and season-high 19 hits as a team, the Sacred Heart baseball team powered past Mount St. Mary’s 19-7 on Friday afternoon.
April 25, 2017
Tuesday's Baseball Game vs. Fairfield Cancelled
The Sacred Heart baseball team’s scheduled game against Fairfield has been cancelled due to weather. No make-up date has been scheduled.
April 23, 2017
Pioneers Rally in Game Two to Split Doubleheader Against Wagner
The Sacred Heart baseball team battled back in the nightcap to earn a split with Wagner College in a doubleheader at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard on Sunday. The Seahawks (12-19, 4-6) took game one 4-3 on a run in the final inning before the Pioneers (13-25, 6-6) rallied from a four-run deficit to win game two 6-4.
April 22, 2017
Wagner Tops SHU Baseball In Series Opener
The Sacred Heart baseball team dropped the Northeast Conference series opener to Wagner College, 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Ballpark at SCSU. After a delayed start due to rain, the Seahawks (11-18, 3-5 NEC) offense outhit the Pioneers (12-24, 5-5 NEC) 17-3 in the game.
April 21, 2017
Friday's Baseball Game Postponed, Series to Start Saturday at SCSU
Today's Series Opener has been postponed. The series will begin Saturday at SCSU with a doubleheader at 12:30.
April 20, 2017
SHU to Hold Celebration for Coach Giaquinto's Final Home Game
Pioneer skipper to be honored May 13 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard
April 19, 2017
Pioneers Best Crosstown Rival Fairfield
The Sacred Heart baseball team bested crosstown rival Fairfield, 8-5 on Wednesday afternoon. The Pioneers (12-23) capitalized on four miscues by the Stags (18-15) to take the non-conference matchup at Alumni Diamond.
April 17, 2017
PJ DeFilippo Earns NEC Player of the Week Honors
Sacred Heart baseball redshirt junior PJ DeFilippo earned Northeast Conference Player of the Week after leading the Pioneers at the dish as en route to four victories this past week.
April 15, 2017
Seven Run Fourth Leads FDU Past SHU, 13-8.
Fairleigh Dickinson scored seven runs in the top of the fourth inning en route to defeating the Sacred Heart baseball team 13-8 on Saturday afternoon.
April 14, 2017
Pioneers Sweep Doubleheader Against FDU
The Sacred Heart baseball team picked up the doubleheader sweep over FDU on Friday afternoon. The resurgent Pioneers (11-22, 5-3 NEC) battled back to pick up a 6-5 victory in game one and scored 10 runs in the last three innings to win game two 15-9 over the Knights (8-17, 6-4 NEC).
April 13, 2017
Pioneers Rally to Take Series Opener over FDU
Redshirt junior PJ DeFilippo's go-ahead RBI single in the bottom of the eighth capped the Sacred Heart baseball team's 6-5 comeback win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday afternoon.
April 11, 2017
Pioneers Battle Back to Defeat Yale on Tuesday Afternoon
The Sacred Heart baseball team overcame a five-run deficit to defeat Yale University 9-6 on Tuesday afternoon. Timely two-out hitting paced the Pioneers (8-22) as they rallied with seven runs over the final five frames to down the Bulldogs (16-13) at Yale Field.
April 9, 2017
Pioneers Fall 11-5 to Stony Brook in Series Finale
April 8, 2017
Pioneers Drop Doubleheader at Stony Brook
The Sacred Heart baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon. The Seawolves (14-14) took game one, 11-5 and walkoff 6-5 victory over the Pioneers (7-21) in game two.
April 7, 2017
Pioneers Fall to Stony Brook in Series Opener
The Sacred Heart baseball team opened its four-game series against Stony Brook with a 9-3 setback on Friday afternoon at Joe Nathan Field.
April 6, 2017
Weather Forces Changes to SHU Baseball's Weekend Schedule
Pioneers will now play at Stony Brook Friday & Saturday before returning home Sunday.
April 4, 2017
Hawks Edge Pioneers 9-8 on Tuesday Afternoon
A suicide squeeze by Chris Sullivan in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the game winner as the University of Hartford edged out the Sacred Heart baseball team, 9-8 in eight innings on Tuesday afternoon.
April 3, 2017
Tuesday's Baseball Game Moved to Hartford
SHU Baseball's game slated for Tuesday at Harbor Yard will now be held at Hartford. First pitch is slated for 3:30 p.m.
April 2, 2017
Bryant Sweeps Doubleheader Over Pioneers
March 27, 2017
Tuesday's Baseball Game vs. Yale Postponed
Tuesday's baseball game has been Postponed.
March 27, 2017
Anthony Capozziello Earns NEC Player of The Week
Junior outfielder Anthony Capozziello earned Northeast Conference Player of the Week honors after guiding the Sacred Heart baseball team to the series win over CCSU this past weekend.
March 26, 2017
CCSU Denies Pioneers A Series Sweep On Sunday Afternoon
The Sacred Heart baseball team looked to pick up its first series sweep of the season but were denied as CCSU took final game of the weekend series, 2-1 at CCSU Baseball Field on Sunday afternoon.
March 25, 2017
Capozziello's Sacrifice Fly Gives Pioneers Walkoff Win over CCSU
The Pioneers (7-14, 2-0 NEC) clinched their first Northeast Conference series win of the season with the victory over the Blue Devils (9-10, 3-2 NEC) on Saturday afternoon.
March 24, 2017
Pioneers Top CCSU in NEC Opener
The Sacred Heart Baseball team opened Northeast Conference play with a 6-2 victory over CCSU at CCSU Baseball Field on Friday afternoon.
March 22, 2017
Baseball Home Series This Weekend Shifts to CCSU
The Sacred Heart baseball team’s series with CCSU this coming weekend has been moved to CCSU Baseball Field due to unplayable field conditions at Harbor Yard.
March 21, 2017
Pioneers Drop Midweek Tilt to URI
March 20, 2017
Tuesday's Baseball Game Moved to URI
The Sacred Heart baseball team’s home opener against the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday, March 21 has been moved to Bill Beck Field in Kingston, R.I. First Pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
March 19, 2017
Pioneers Fall in Series Finale at Fordham
The Sacred Heart baseball team fell in the series finale to Fordham 8-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers (5-13) committed five errors on the afternoon as the Rams (6-9) completed the series sweep at Houlihan Park.
March 17, 2017
Fordham Sweeps Doubleheader over Pioneers
The Sacred Heart Baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by Fordham at Houlihan Park on Friday afternoon. The Rams (5-9) shutout the Pioneers (5-12), 1-0 in game one and picked up the 2-1 in walk off win in game two.
March 16, 2017
Baseball Announces Schedule Changes for Weekend
Pioneers will play Fordham in a three-game series this weekend.
March 12, 2017
Pioneers Comeback Halted as Hawaii takes Finale, 6-5
The Sacred Heart baseball team battled back-and-forth with Hawaii but the home team prevailed with the 6-5 victory in the series finale on Sunday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
March 11, 2017
Pioneers Downed by Hawaii on Saturday Night
The Rainbow Warriors (9-5) offense took hold of the game with two three-run innings to clinch the series win over the Pioneers (5-9).
March 10, 2017
Pioneers Offense Held to Three Hits in 4-1 Loss to Hawaii
The Pioneers (5-8) were held to just one run on three hits by the Rainbow Warriors (8-5) starter Brendan Hornung as the right hander threw a complete game at Les Murakami Stadium.
March 9, 2017
Baseball Falls to Hawaii 6-3 in Series Opener
Capoziello & Doyle go 3-for-4 but Pioneers fall 6-3 in opening game.
March 6, 2017
Keith Klebart Named NEC Player of the Week
Sacred Heart baseball captain Keith Klebart was named Northeast Conference Player of the Week after a stellar weekend at the plate in the Pioneers series split against Seattle University.
March 5, 2017
Redhawks Rally Past Pioneers 6-4 for Series Split
The Sacred Heart baseball team dropped the series finale against Seattle University, 6-4 on Sunday afternoon. The RedHawks (4-7) scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to split the four-game series at Bannerwood Park.
March 4, 2017
Bats Come Alive in Game Two as Baseball Earns Split in Doubleheader
The Sacred Heart offense exploded in game two of the doubleheader to earn the split against Seattle University on Saturday.
March 3, 2017
Pioneers Friday Night Game at Seattle U Canceled Due to Rain
The Friday night contest between the Sacred Heart baseball team and Seattle University has been canceled due to rain.
March 2, 2017
Two-Three Run Innings Propel Pioneers Past Seattle U in Series Opener
The Sacred Heart baseball team opened up its eight-game west coast trip with a 6-3 win against Seattle University at Bannerwood Park on Thursday night.
February 27, 2017
Baylor Sundahl Earns NEC Pitcher of the Week
Sacred Heart baseball sophomore Baylor Sundahl was named Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week after his strong outing on the bump for the Pioneers in Friday’s 6-0 win in game two over NYIT.
February 25, 2017
Pioneers Close Out Game Two 6-0, Take Series Finale Against NYIT 6-2
The Sacred Heart baseball team finished off the series with two victories over NYIT on Saturday afternoon at Angelo Lorenzo Field.
February 24, 2017
Baseball Topped 4-3 by NYIT in Game One, Holds 6-0 Lead in Game Two
The Sacred Heart baseball team dropped game one of Friday’s doubleheader at NYIT 4-3 after the Bears walked off with an RBI walk from Jeffrey Tabares in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Pioneers got off to a stellar start in game two holding the 6-0 lead into the top of the ninth inning before play was suspended for darkness. The game will resume tomorrow morning at 10am, before to the series finale.
February 20, 2017
Brown Earns NEC Co-Rookie of The Week After Stellar Opening Weekend
Sacred Heart baseball freshman second baseman Elijah Brown earned NEC Co-Rookie of the Week after his sensational weekend to start the 2017 season. The rookie batted .500 (7-for-14) with one RBI, four runs scored and displayed patient eye at the plate, drawing team-high four walks for an impressive on base percentage of .611 in the opening series against Florida Gulf Coast.
February 19, 2017
Baseball Drops Series Finale to FGCU, 5-1
The Sacred Heart baseball team fell 5-1 in the series finale against FGCU at Swanson Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Pioneers (1-3) out hit the Eagles (3-1) 8-7, but were unable cross the plate against the Eagles pitching.
February 18, 2017
Pioneers Fall to FGCU in Doubleheader
The Sacred Heart baseball team couldn’t out swing the FGCU offense as the Eagles swept both games in Saturday’s doubleheader at Swanson Stadium. The Eagles (2-1) rallied from 6-0 deficit to take game one from the Pioneers (1-2) 13-8. FGCU took game two, 9-3.
February 17, 2017
Pioneers Open 2017 with 10-5 Victory over FGCU
The Sacred Heart baseball team opened its 2017 season with a 10-5 win over FGCU at Swanson Stadium on Friday night.
February 9, 2017
Baseball Picked Third In NEC Preseason Coaches Poll
The Sacred Heart baseball team was selected to finish third in the 2017 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches Poll on Friday afternoon.
December 1, 2016
SHU Baseball Welcomes Six to Class of 2021
Head Coach Nick Giaquinto announced announced on Thursday that six players have signed a National Letter of Intent to the Sacred Heart baseball team. Isiah Daubon, Trevor Fagan, Joseph Greco, Ryan LaMay, Thomas Pinto and Cooper Thompson join the Pioneers as the first members of the SHU Baseball class of 2021.
November 28, 2016
SHU Baseball to Hold 20th Annual “Winter Workouts” Baseball Camp
Head Coach Nick Giaquinto and assistant coaches Wayne Mazzoni, Nick Restaino and the Sacred Heart baseball team announced the dates for the 20th annual “Winter Workouts Camp” held at the William H. Pitt Center.
November 15, 2016
SHU Baseball Releases 2017 Schedule
Sacred Heart Head Baseball Coach Nick Giaquinto announced the schedule for 2017 baseball season on Tuesday. Their 52-game regular season slate begins February 24 with a weekend series at NYIT.
November 1, 2016
Giaquinto Handing Reins Of SHU Baseball To Restaino Following 2017 Season
29-year head coach has 608 wins with Pioneers; Restaino is in third season with the SHU staff
September 23, 2016
Where Are They Now? SHU Baseball Well Represented in 2016 MiLB Season
Four Sacred Heart baseball alumni had great success in 2016 on their journey through minor league baseball. Zack Short, Jason Foley, Kody Kerski and Troy Scribner represented the Pioneers at different levels of minor league ball this past season.
September 7, 2016
SHU Baseball Announces Three Captains for 2017
Sacred Heart Head Baseball Coach Nick Giaquinto has announced that Jake Friar, Ted Shaw, and Keith Klebart will be captains for the upcoming 2017 season.