May 1, 2010
The Sacred Heart baseball team split a Saturday afternoon Northeast Conference double dip today against Fairleigh Dickinson. Mike Drowne (South Hadley, MA) smashed two homers and drove in five runs in the Pioneers 11-1 victory in the opener. Jared Balbach (Pine Bush, NY) earned the complete game victory striking out seven batters without allowing an earned run. The Knights responded by winning the finale 11-3 to earn the split.
Sacred Heart (20-21, 11-8 NEC) jumped out to an early lead in game one, posting five runs in the second inning. Hunter Philips (Monroe, CT) and MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) each knocked two-out RBI singles to start the rally, giving SHU a 2-0 advantage. Philips blew the game open with his first homer, a three-run blast, that rounded out the five run frame.
Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) followed Jeff Heppner's (Aqubogue, NY) leadoff walk in the fifth with a two-run blast to left center to extend the Pioneer lead to 7-0. A Knight fielding error pushed the game to 8-0 and Drowne compounded the mistake by pulling a homer down the left field line to make it 10-0.
Fairleigh Dickinson (10-29, 5-14 NEC) posted their lone run of the game in the bottom of the fifth after a two-out fielding error by the Pioneers. Balbach held the Knights to just four hits as he improved his record to 6-3 in 2010. Griffith rounded out the games scoring with an RBI double in the top of the sixth, bringing the game to its 11-1 final.
Ashley Bulluck lead the Knights in a game two victory, tossing a complete game striking out seven batters and allowing three runs, two earned. FDU took the early lead in the DH finale as two Pioneer errors provided the Knights with an unearned run in the first frame.
Sacred Heart immediately responded with two runs in the top of the second as Griffith belted a two-run homer to center field. The game would stay tight until Fairleigh Dickinson exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fourth, capped by a Mike Eliasen grand slam. FDU put the game out of reach in the sixth, stringing together three straight RBI hits to scratch out five more runs, making the lead 11-2. The Pioneers would attempt a comeback but only be able to score one run in the final inning, aided by a FDU error.
The Pioneers have taken two-of-three from Fairleigh Dickinson and will look to win the series in the finale tomorrow. First pitch is set for 1:00 pm.