April 3, 2010
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The Sacred Heart baseball team scored six times in the bottom of the first off Quinnipiac Saturday, but Alex Russow came out of the Bobcat bullpen to throw 8 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and his team came back to defeat the Pioneers 10-6 in a Northeast Conference game.
Sacred Heart, 9-13 overall and 2-2 in the NEC, used two-run singles from Jeff Heppner and Robert Griffith, and a two-run blast to center from Mike Olszyk to stake Pioneer starter Troy Scribner to a 6-0 lead. QU starter Todd Defrancesco was lifted after he walked Rocco Gondek, the ninth man of the inning. Russow came on and got Mike Drowne to fly out to end the frame.
The Bobcats, 3-17 overall and 3-3 in conference play, got a pair back on RBI hits from Kyle Nisson and Mickey Amanti. The got two more in the fifth on an Adam Farnia RBI and then a single by Brian Monack that was misplayed in the outfield, allowing Farina to score from first.
A two-out RBI single by Farina in the seventh made it 6-5 and spelled the end of the day for Scribner. Junior lefty Matt Fitton came out of the bullpen and retired Monack to end the inning.
He didn't fare as well in the 8th, however. The Bobcats touched him for five hits and five runs. Amanti drove in the go-ahead run with a double.
SHU managed just four hits and a walk off Russow, who struck out six and threw 111 pitches in picking up his first collegiate win.
The Pioneers are off until Tuesday when they play a doubleheader at Yale starting at 3:30.