PHILADELPHIA, Pa.— The Sacred Heart University baseball team was unable to generate its offense on Sunday afternoon, falling to La Salle 2-0 at Hank DeVincent Field. The Explorers (5-13) picked up runs in the final third of the ballgame to take the weekend finale from the Pioneers (4-10).
Jackson Ray for La Salle and senior James Taubl kept both team's out in front as both southpaws engaged in the pitcher's duel early.
SHU picked up its first hit of the afternoon in the sixth inning as freshman Matt Sorrento recorded the leadoff single. He then advanced to second on a balk as co-captain Cody Doyle joined the basepaths with his walk for two runners on with no outs. Ray escaped the inning as he recorded three straight outs.
La Salle got going in the bottom half of the inning as Manny Carcia reached base and advanced to second an error in left field. He moved to third on a sacrifice fly by Austin Constantini before SHU recorded a ground out for out number two. Ben Faso broke the deadlocked game with his RBI single through the left side for the 1-0 Explorers lead.
The Pioneers looked to answer in the top of the seventh putting runners on first and second with two-outs as co-captain P.J. DeFilippo walked followed by a single by sophomore Bobby Garbuio. La Salle went with a pitching change to Matt Holt as he recorded a big strikeout to end the inning.
The Explorers doubled up the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning as Brian Tagoe scored from third on a wild pitch with two outs. SHU led off the ninth with a hit by senior Anthony Capozziello but that was all they would get as CJ Pruitt picked up three straight outs to earn the save.
Taubl pitched seven innings in the decision, allowing just one run on four hits with five strikeouts. Redshirt sophomore Jake Frasca gave up one run in two-thirds of an inning of relief while junior Jackson Aldam finished with a hitless third of an inning.
The Pioneers travel to the University of Rhode Island for a Tuesday afternoon matchup. First pitch from Bill Beck Field is set for 3:00 p.m.