Baseball Scores Winning Run in 9th to Clip Manhattan, 11-10

April 13, 2010

Box Score

BRIDGEPORT, CT - Freshman John Murphy (Seymour, CT) had a five-hit game and scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly by JJ Edwards in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Sacred Heart baseball team outlasted Manhattan 11-10 Tuesday afternoon.

The Pioneers, 13-16, used eight different pitchers, banged out 20 hits, and left 15 runners on base in the non-conference game.

Chad Salem gave Manhattan, 16-12, a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a two-run shot of John Hermanson.

SHU scored five times in the bottom of the second thanks to a two-run triple by Mike Drowne (S. Hadley), an RBI single by Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo), and a two-run blast to right center by Murphy.

The Jaspers cut the SHU lead to 5-4 with two runs in the fourth without the benefit of a hit off SHU reliever Mike Korevec. A leadoff walk, a hit batter, a pair of wild pitches, and an RBI groundout did the trick.

Murphy singled to lead off the bottom of the inning for the Pioneers, and Jeff Heppner followed with his seventh homer of the year to left center. Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) singled for the third straight hit of the inning and later scored on a Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) double.

Manhattan refused to go quietly and closed within 8-6 with two runs in the sixth inning on a two-run double by Salem. He would finish the game with five RBI. SHU would stretch it back to a three-run lead on a Murphy RBI single in the bottom of the 7th.

The Jaspers tied the game at 9-9 in the eighth inning off reliever Bobby Shepherd (Groton, CT). Shepherd gave up a single and a double, and hit a batter before being lifted. Drowne came out of centerfield and retired the first two hitters he faced, but two runs scored on a sacrifice fly and a ground out.

Drowne started the ninth and Kyle Murphy led off for Manhattan by reaching on a error by SHU third baseman JJ Edwards. He was sacrificed to second and Drowne walked the next hitter to put two on with one out. Carl Brooks came on in relief for the Pioneers and gave up a single to left by pinch hitter Austin Sheffield to load the bases. Mark Onorati then lifted a sacrifice fly to give the Jaspers the 10-9 lead.

Senior Tom Moran came out of the Manhattan bullpen to try and nail down the save but ran into immediate trouble. Tedesco led off the frame with an infield single and Murphy followed with his fifth hit to put runners on the corners with no outs. Rocco Gondek plated Tedesco with the tying run with a bloop single to right. A passed ball advanced the runners to second and third. The Jaspers decided to intentionally walk Griffith to load the bases. Moran struck out pinch hitter Mike Olszyk looking for the first out, but Edwards lifted his sac fly to center on an 0-2 pitch to give the Pioneers the win.

SHU will be back in action in a four-game series with Central Connecticut, starting Friday at 3 p.m. at Harbor Yard.