(Starkville, MS) - The Sacred Heart Pioneer Baseball team salvaged the finale of their three-game series with Mississippi State, beating the Bulldogs 8-3 Sunday afternoon at Dudy Noble Field.
Down 3-0 in the third, Sacred Heart began their comeback on an RBI single by JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY). An inning later, Sacred Heart strung five hits together to take the lead for good with a four-run fourth. Tyler Curry (South Salem, NY) tied the game with a two-run single to left, followed by a go-ahead two-run single up the middle by Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA).
The Pioneers expanded their lead with a three-run seventh with another five-hit inning. Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) and Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) knocked back-to-back RBI doubles, and Curry drove an RBI single to right to make it 8-3.
The Pioneers pounded 14 hits, led by career days from freshmen Horn and Curry. Horn went 4-5 with two runs and an RBI, while Curry went 3-5 with a run and three RBI. Tedesco extended his hitting streak to six games.
Matt Fitton (Lebanon, CT) earned his first win of the season with five innings of work, scattering six hits and giving up three runs. Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) pitched four hitless and scoreless innings of relief for the save.
With the win, the Pioneers finished their southern swing through Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi to begin the season 5-6. Sacred Heart hosts the UConn Huskies at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard for the 2011 Home Opener Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.