Pioneers Sweep Doubleheader with FDU, 7-3 and 9-5
(Bridgeport, CT) – Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) and Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) both threw complete games, and Conor McEvoy (satertowm, CT) went 4-4 with four RBI singles in game one as the Sacred Heart Baseball team swept a doubleheader from the Fairleigh Dickenson Knights by scores of 7-3 and 9-5 Friday evening at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
Scribner pitched all nine innings in the opener, scattering six hits on three earned runs with four strikeouts and a walk. The Pioneers took an early 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) and McEvoy. They added another in the third on another RBI single by McEvoy.
After FDU got on the board in the fourth on a RBI single by Eric Anderson, Phillips got the run back for SHU on a sacrifice fly. The Pioneers added two more in the fifth on RBI singles by McEvoy and Derick Horn (Valatie, NY). McEvoy drove in another in the sixth with his fourth RBI single after FDU pushed two across on consecutive run-scoring groundouts a half-inning earlier.
After going 2-4 with two RBI and a run in the first game, Phillips went 3-4 with an RBI and three runs in game two. FDU took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI fielder's choice by Brian Dillion, but SHU came back with two in their half of the first on RBI singles by Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) and John Murphy (Seymour, CT).
The Knights tied it on the second on an RBI single by JT Sherba, but SHU took the lead for good in the third on an RBI single by Murphy and an RBI groundout by McEvoy. The Pioneers put themselves in position to score those runs with heads-up base running by Phillips and JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY, who both advanced into scoring position tagging up on a medium-depth fly to center by Griffith.
SHU broke it open with a three run fourth on an RBI single by Phillips and a two-run triple by Griffith, all with two outs. Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) and MJ Schifano (Monroe, CT) both knocked RBI doubles as part of a two-run fifth as well.
Leiningen went seven innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He gave three runs over the final two innings, but went the distance for his third win of the season. Griffith finished 2-3 with three RBI, while Murphy went 2-4 with an RBI and a stolen base.
The Pioneers host the Knights in another doubleheader Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m. to complete the four-game series.