Top Seeded Pioneers Fall To Blue Devils In Northeast Conference Title Game

Tournament MVP Pat Epps' two-run homer broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh inning as Central Connecticut State upended the SHU baseball team 9-3 in the 2010 Northeast Conference championship game. Senior Jared Balbach (Pine Bush, NY), along with freshmen Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) and John Murphy (Seymour, CT) were named to the All-Tournament team.

Central Connecticut (33-21) struck first in the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the opening inning. Sean Allaire singled to lead off the game, quickly stealing second and moving to third on a ground out. Sean Miller-Jones then laid down a bunt that went straight back to starting pitcher Corey Corcoran (Norwich, CT). Corcoran chose to go to first on the squeeze play but his throw sailed into right field allowing Miller-Jones to advance to third. He would score on an Epps RBI fielder's choice to third and the Blue Devils held a 2-0 advantage after the first inning.

The Blue Devils extended their lead with another run against Corcoran in the second. Anthony Scialdone opened the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Danny Hickey. Allaire put runners at the corners with an infield single and Miller-Jones made it a 3-0 game with an RBI single. Corcoran would again limit the damage as he stranded the bases loaded to escape the frame.

Sacred Heart (31-27) reached CCSU starter Harry Glynne in the top of the third. MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) led off with a bunt single and Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) also had a base knock to put runners at the corners. Murphy, fresh off his 4-for-5 performance yesterday, ripped a double down the left field line to cut the deficit to 3-1.

Jeff Heppner (Aqubogue, NY) then lined out on a sharply hit ball to third but Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) drew a walk to juice the bases. JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) was then hit by a 2-1 pitch to pick up an RBI and allow Murphy to trot home. Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) thought he had also drawn a walk on a 3-1 pitch but it was called a strike. The SHU second baseman then flew out to end the inning with CCSU noVideo has no source Url