HAMDEN, Conn – The Sacred Heart Pioneers tied a season-high with 17 hits Tuesday afternoon on the way to an 11-4 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats at the QU Baseball Field. The Pioneers improve to 25-24 on the season, while Quinnipiac drops to 16-28.
Freshman left-hander John Sostarich (Huntington, NY) earned his first win as a Pioneer, allowing three runs in 4.1 innings. In relief of Sostarich, the Sacred Heart bullpen allowed just one earned run in 4.2 innings.
Sacred Heart started their offensive onslaught in the second inning. Four consecutive hits by the Pioneers gave them a 2-0 lead. Sullivan started the rally with a double down the right field line, while Horn, Victor Sorrento (Monroe Township, NJ) and Keith Klebart (Orange, CT) followed with singles.
SHU added one in the fourth as Horn hit a sacrifice fly to score Sullivan. Sullivan led off the inning with a base hit to right field that went through Quinnipiac right fielder Mike Blumenthal's legs to allow the speedy sophomore to race all the way to third.
Up 3-1 in the fifth, SHU broke the game open with a four-run inning, capped off by a two-run home run over the right field wall by Horn. It was the captain's first career long ball. Prior to Horn's blast, Short had a RBI single and Sullivan knocked a sacrifice fly.
The Pioneers kept things rolling in the sixth, initiating three consecutive walks to start the inning. QU relief pitcher Kevin Sustad gave the Pioneers three consecutive free passes to load the bases with no outs. Following a pitching change, Medina was hit by a pitch and SHU led 8-3. Short followed Medina with a sacrifice fly for the Pioneers ninth run.
Sacred Heart added a couple more runs in the final two innings, a RBI bunt single by Sullivan in the eighth and then a sacrifice fly from freshman Ted Shaw (Southington, CT) in the ninth.
The Pioneers will close out their regular season this coming weekend with a four-game series at Central Connecticut State. SHU and CCSU will begin the set Thursday afternoon at 1:00 pm.