April 24, 2010
TRUMBULL, CT - Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA) drove home pinch runner Jonathan Servilla (Fairfield, CT) with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Sacred Heart baseball team a 3-2 win over visiting Mount St. Mary's and complete a four-game sweep of the Northeast Conference series Saturday afternoon.
The win lifts the Pioneers to 9-7 in the Northeast Conference and 18-20 overall. Mount falls to 15-23 and 9-11 in conference play.
Both starting pitchers were masterful in the game but neither were involved in the decision. Mount's Kent Worthington went 8 1/3 innings and gave up just four hits, striking out 11 and walking four. SHU starter Corey Corcoran (Norwich, CT) pitched into the ninth and allowed just two runs on five hits.
The Mount took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning on three straight doubles off Corcoran. Kyle Kane led off the inning with a double to left center and Shane Eyler followed with one to center to score the first run. Josh Winter, who was 4-6 in the doubleheader, was the next with a two-bagger to left for the second run.
The Pioneers scratched one off Worthington in the bottom of the frame when Jeff Heppner walked and went all the way to third on a wild pitch. JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) walked with one out to put runners on the corners and freshman Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) singled home Heppner. Worthington got out of the inning by fanning the last two batters he faced.
Those two strikeouts were the start of seven straight K's for the Mountaineer righty. It wasn't until Boisture grounded to second in the bottom of the fourth that a Pioneer batter hit the ball in play.
After Worthington retired Steve Tedesco to start the eighth inning but, with his pitch count reaching 128, was lifted in favor of lefty Karl Lamont to face left-hand hitting John Murphy. Lamont got him to ground to second for the second out and left the game for Costa Kapothanasis who came in to face Heppner. The Pioneer catcher tied the game at 2-2 when he deposited a 2-1 pitch deep over the left centerfield wall for his tenth homer of the season.
After the second inning, Corcoran allowed just two hits in his outing - a single in the third and a two-out double in the fifth. He retired ten straight batters, until he walked Jake Darr to lead off the ninth. Chris Dionisio (Smithtown, NY) came on to face Kane. Kane tried to but the runner to second but hit it right back to the mound. Dionisio whirled and got the lead runner for the first out.
Eyler then ripped a shot down the rightfield line. Boisture went into a dive trying to make the catch with the ball tailing away but it got by him. He recovered and fired it back in to keep runners on second and third. He intentionally walked Winter to load the bases and then got pinch hitter Andrew Caron to ground to third baseman MJ Schifano. Schifano threw home to force the runner at the plate for the second out. Dionisio then struck out pinch hitter Mark Quaranta looking for the final out of the frame.
In the bottom of the inning, Edwards led off with a single to right and was lifted for pinch runner Servilla. Boisture fouled out to the catcher trying to bunt him over, so Servilla stole second base with Hunter Phillips at the plate. Kapothanasis struck out Phillips for the second out. Schifano was next and Servilla swiped third withi him at the plate. Schifano would eventually walk to put runners on the corners. Schifano took second on defensive indifference on the first pitch to Drowne. Drowne blooped a 1-1 pitch into right center to give the Pioneers the win.
Dionisio was credited with the win, his first collegiate decision. Kapothanasis took the loss and fell to 2-5.
SHU will play a non-conference game with Fairfield at Harbor Yard on Tuesday and then travel to Fairleigh Dickinson for a Northeast Conference four-game series starting Friday.