Baton Rouge, LA – The Sacred Heart Pioneers battled back from a three run deficit but fall to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 6-5, in a wild 13-inning affair at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Sacred Heart was able to tie the game up in the ninth inning but could not get on the board in the four extra innings, falling to 0-4 on the season.
Sacred Heart got on the board first in the second inning on a Brian Castles (Holbrook, NY) double to right center that scored fellow freshman Victor Sorrento (Monroe Township, NJ). The double was the freshman's first hit and also his first RBI in a Sacred Heart uniform. Sorrento notched his first run scored as a Pioneer on the play, after reaching base on a walk.
The Pioneers added to their lead in the fourth inning, taking a 2-0 lead on an error by Stephen F. Austin shortstop, Hunter Dozier, allowing Sorrento to score again for his second career run scored.
Dozier would make up for his error in the bottom of the inning doubling to right center before scoring on a base hit by right fielder Ricardo Sanchez. Sanchez would come around to tie the game up on a double by catcher Jordan Camel.
The game would stay tied up until the bottom of the seventh when a throwing error by Sacred Heart pitcher Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) would open the door for Stephen F. Austin to score three unearned runs in the inning.
Down 5-2, the Pioneers went right back to work firing back with two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ) would score on a Lumberjack error to cut the lead to 5-3 before Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) scored on a fielder's choice to make the deficit just one run heading into the bottom of the eighth. Both freshmen notching their first runs as Pioneers.
Down to their final two outs in the ninth the Pioneers needed a spark and that would come in the form of senior captain Jonathan Servilla (Fairfield, CT). Servilla would come in as a pinch runner for freshman Jesus Medina (New York, NY) after he was hit by a pitch with one out. Servilla went on to steal second base and third base before coming all the way around on a throwing error by Stephen F. Austin catcher Jordan Camel, tying the game up at five.
Stephen F. Austin would load the bases with no outs in the 12th inning but could not walk off with the victory thanks to great fielding by the Pioneers. First, second baseman Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL) would get the fielder's choice out at home before the Pioneers would end the inning on a double play; Shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT) to catcher Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) on to first baseman Sorrento to keep the Pioneers alive for one more inning.
The Lumberjacks would walk off with the win in the bottom of the 13th inning on a Jackson Hood single to center field to score Dozier.
Sophomore James Cooksey (Norwalk, CT) took the loss for the Pioneers, giving up the final run of the game after pitching 1.1 innings.
Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT) got the start for the Pioneers, giving up 2 runs on four hits in 3.2 innings of action. Sacred Heart used six pitchers in the loss.
Sacred Heart will have to get over this one fast as they take on the #3 LSU Tigers later on tonight, first pitch slated for 7:30.