(Emmitsburg,MD) – The Sacred Heart Pioneers extended their now six-game NEC winning streak, sweeping a doubleheader with the Mount Saint Mary's Mountaineers 5-3 and 10-2 Thursday afternoon.
Murphy took advantage of an error to extend the inning, hitting a two-out go-ahead homerun to right to give the Pioneers their first lead of the game. Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) retired the Mountaineers in order in the ninth to finish off his fifth win and second complete game of the season.
Scribner survived a leadoff homerun by Tommy Flynn and solo homerun by Kyle Kane in the first, holding the Mount to three runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts. He did not issue a walk, allowing the Pioneers to make their comeback.
Down 3-0 in the fifth, the Pioneers scored their first run on four consecutive singles by Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT), Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA), Derick Horn (Valatie, NY), and Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY). They produced another run to get within one in the seventh, with Murphy coming home on an RBI groundout by Tedesco after doubling and being moved over by McEvoy.
Sacred Heart seized that momentum, exploding for 15 hits in a 10-2 win in game two. They jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) and Murphy, with an RBI groundout by Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) sandwiched in between. They added two in the third on an RBI single by Griffith and an RBI double by Tedesco, then broke the game open in the fourth on a solo homerun by Boisture, an RBI single by Griffith, and RBI double by Murphy, Tedesco's RBI infield single, and a run-scoring wild pitch.
Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) pitched his fourth complete game for his fourth win, allowing solo homeruns to Shane Eyler in the second and Mark Quaranta in the fifth. Like Scribner, he did not issue a walk while scattering seven hits and striking out five. Edwards went 4-5 with three runs and an RBI, while Griffith went 3-4 with three RBI and two runs.
The Pioneers improved to 11-7 in NEC play and 19-18 overall with the two wins, and take on the Mountaineers in another doubleheader Friday. Game time has been moved up to 11:00 a.m., with potential bad weather possible for tomorrow afternoon.