May 7, 2010
Staten Island, NY - The Sacred Heart baseball team exploded for 13 runs and 19 hits in a 13-5 triumph over Wagner this afternoon. Freshman John Murphy (Seymour, CT) led the hit parade going 3-for-6 and supplying four RBI. Every Pioneer batter had at least one hit in the game while seven drove in at least one run. Pitcher Chris Zaccherio (Manhasset, NY) gave up five runs but went the distance for the complete game victory.
Wagner (18-24, 11-10 NEC) jumped out to an early 1-0 in the bottom of the first but Zaccherio escaped further damage as he got the final out with the bases loaded. The Pioneers would even things up in the top of the second as Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) slammed an RBI triple to drive in Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY). The Seahawks would regain a one-run advantage in the next half inning as Damian Csakai, who became Wagner's all-time hit leader in the game, slashed a single through the right side to make it a 2-1 affair.
Sacred Heart (22-21, 13-8) put up the first crooked number of the game with a big five-run third inning. Mike Drowne (South Hadley, MA) started off the frame being hit by a pitch and then stealing his 29th base of 2010. Murphy doubled to tie the game and Jeff Heppner (Aqubogue, NY) followed that with an RBI single to score Murphy and give SHU a 3-2 edge. Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) kept the rally going with an infield single and the next batter, Boisture, knocked an RBI single to extend the Pioneer advantage to 4-2. JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) also supplied an RBI knock and Phillips tacked on a sacrifice fly as Sacred Heart had a 6-2 lead going to the bottom of the third.
Zaccherio settled down after the shaky start and responded to his teams success at the plate by not allowing the Seahawks a hit in their next two innings. Murphy would supply his pitcher with two more runs in the top of the fourth as he smashed a two-run homer to left center, his fouth long ball of the year. The Pioneers tacked on two more in the fifth as Drowne drew a bases loaded walk and Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) had a sacrifice fly to push the SHU lead to 10-2.
Wagner finally caught a break in the bottom of the fifth as Zaccherio hit a batter with two outs. Vin Avella would make the senior pitcher pay for his mistake with a two-run homer to left field closing the gap to 10-4, SHU. The Pioneer offense would continue to roll as they got the runs back in the seventh on RBI hits from Murphy and Heppner. Wagner inched closer with their fifth run as Seth Boyd provided a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Sacred Heart would round out the scoring for the day with a run in the ninth on a Tedesco RBI double to bring the game to its 13-5 final.
The Pioneers have now won eight of their last nine games, all against Northeast Conference opponents. These two teams will be back at it again tomorrow for a double header in Staten Island, NY. First pitch is set for 3:00 pm.