March 20, 2011

Horn's Triple Leads Pioneers to 5-2 Win Over Monmouth in 11 Innings

(West Long Branch, NJ) – Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eleventh with a two-run triple, leading the Sacred Heart Pioneer baseball team to a 5-2 win over the Monmouth Hawks Sunday afternoon to salvage the finale of a four-game series.

After JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) led off with a single and John Murphy (Seymour, CT) reached on a muffed bunt, Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) sacrificed them into scoring position to set the stage for Horn.  He drove them both in with drive to the left-centerfield gap, then scoring moments as well moments later on a squeeze by Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT).

The Pioneers took a 2-1 lead in the seventh on RBI singles by Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) and MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY), but Cal Costanzo tied the game for the Hawks with a two-out single in the bottom half.  To that point, SHU starting pitcher Schifano held the Hawks to a single run on an RBI groundout in the fourth.  Schifano earned a no-decision despite allowing just two runs through 6.2 innings on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts.

The Bullpen backed him up, though, beginning with Chris Dionisio (Smithtown, NY) shutting out Monmouth for 2.1 innings on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks.  John Hermanson (Milford, CT) improved to 3-0 by closing the game with two shutout innings on two hits.  Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) extended his hitting streak to eleven games.

With the extra inning win, Sacred Heart earned its first win in NEC play and avoided a series sweep after losing two tough ballgames the day before.  The Pioneers welcome the University of Maine Black Bears Thursday afternoon at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard at 3:30 p.m.