The Major League Baseball debut of Sacred Heart University alum Troy Scribner will be one that he, and the Pioneer baseball program, won't soon forget. Scribner fanned the first batter he faced and the Angels rallied in the top of the ninth to earn him the victory.
Scribner retired the final seven batters he faced in his 3.0 innings of work. He fanned the first batter he faced, Kendrys Morales, in the bottom of the sixth, before giving up a single and a two-run homerun, sandwiched around a lineout. After another single, Scribner fanned Ryan Goins looking to get out of the inning.
Pioneers pitching coach Wayne Mazzoni, who rode 50 miles in the CT Challenge Bike Ride Saturday morning, watched the game from home on Saturday.
"This is one of the highlights of my life," Mazzoni said, as Scribner took the mound. While a Pioneer, Scribner won two Northeast Conference baseball championships, helping the Pioneers to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 and 2012.
A 2013 SHU graduate, Scribner was activated prior to Saturday's game. He faced 12 batters in the outing and did not issue a walk. According to Matt Birch of the Angels PR office, Scribner is the first Angels pitcher to win his Major League debut since Michael Roth did so on April 13, 2013 versus Houston.
Scribner is the first Pioneer baseball player to be added to a Major League roster. He is the sixth NEC baseball alum to make his MLB debut in the last decade, including his brother Evan, a member of the Seattle Mariners.