April 1, 2010
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Senior righty Chris Zaccherio (Manhasset, NY) pitched a complete game, retiring the final 17 batters he faced, and sophomore second baseman Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) smashed a fifth-inning grand slam to lead the Sacred Heart baseball team to an 8-3 win over visiting Quinnipiac in the Northeast Conference opener for the Pioneers.
The win improved the Pioneers to 8-11 overall and 1-0 in NEC play, while Quinnipiac fell to 1-16 and 1-4.
The Bobcats got on the board in the first inning when Mike Bartlett led off the game with an infield single. He went to second on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Joe Poletsky. SHU got the run back in the bottom of the frame. Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA) reached on a bunt single and promptly stole second and third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT).
Quinnipiac got to Zaccherio for the last time in the third, scoring twice. Zaccherio hit Ryan Ulrich to start the inning before getting the next hitter to fly out. Ben Farina singled to right to put two on, and Brian Monack followed with another single that plated Ulrich and put runners on the corners. Farina scored the second run a single to center by Poletsky. Zaccherio got out of further trouble when he struck out Chris Migani and SHU catcher Jeff Heppner threw to second to pick off Monack who had wandered too far off the bag.
The Pioneers took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of inning when they got to QU starter Mike Oskandy for three runs. Drowne doubled with one out and scored when Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) followed with a single. Murphy walked to put two on JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) chased both runners home with a double to the wall in right center.
Phillips hit his blast, his only hit of the game, in the fifth to give SHU an 8-3 edge. Murphy singled with one out, Heppner was hit by a pitch and Edwards singled to load the bases ahead of Phillips.
Oskandy walked Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT) to start the sixth and was lifted in favor of freshman reliever Derek Lamacchia. He gave up a single to Drowne, the first batter he faced, but worked out of a jam and kept SHU off the scoreboard the rest of the way.
Zaccherio's last baserunner allowed was Mike Guerino with a single to lead off the fourth, but he was thrown out by Tedesco trying to stretch it into a double. From them on it was all Zaccherio. He finished the game with seven strikeouts and no walks to even his record at 2-2.
The two teams will face off again tomorrow in a doubleheader starting at noon at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.