April 23, 2010
TRUMBULL, CT - Freshman John Murphy (Seymour, CT) had a pair of hits and five RBI, while sophomore Rob Griffith had four hits and four RBI to lead the Sacred Heart baseball team to a 14-4 win over Mount St. Mary's in the second game of a Northeast Conference twinbill Friday.
The Pioneers, now 16-20 overall and 7-7 in NEC play, scored single runs in the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. Griffith, who was 8-10 in the doubleheader, singled home the run in the first and Murphy plated the second with a sacrifice fly.
Sacred Heart chased Mount start Brady Feigl with a six-run fourth inning, opening up an 8-0 lead. Murphy drove home three with a bases-loaded double to center. Griffith plated him with a single and later scored on an RBI ground out by Chris Whittemore. Hunter Phillips drove home the final run of the frame with a double.
Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA) led off the fifth for the Pioneers with a solo homer to left, his fifth of the season. After a single by Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) and a walk to Jeff Heppner (Aqubogue, NY), Griffith gave SHU an 11-0 lead with a two-run double to right center.
After blanking The Mount 12-0 in the first game, SHU starter Troy Scribner helped the Pioneers run the Mount scoreless streak to 14 innings before the Mountaineers got to him for four runs in the top of the sixth. Junior Kyle Kane drove home two of the runs with a bases-loaded double that cut the SHU lead to 11-4. Scribner worked out of further trouble by getting a double play grounder to short with Mountaineer runners on the corners and one out.
The Pioneers responded with three more runs in the bottom of the inning to dash the Mountaineer hopes of a comeback. Scribner then pitched a perfect seventh to complete his first collegiate complete game. He struck out six without walking a batter to improve to 2-3.
The two teams will complete the four-game series with a doubleheader at Trumbull High School starting at noon.