(Teaneck, NJ) – The Fairleigh Dickenson University Knights scored seven runs in the seventh inning, staving off a ninth-inning comeback attempt by the Sacred Heart Baseball team in an 8-6 loss for the Pioneers Friday afternoon in the first of a four-game series.
Scoreless through six innings, SHU took the game's first lead in the seventh on an RBI double by Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) and a safety squeeze by Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT). However, after Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) left after six shutout innings, the Knights scored seven runs off four SHU pitchers in the seventh.
FDU tied the game on a couple of hits and a couple of SHU errors before Eric Anderson gave the Knights their first lead with an RBI single. Kyle Weeks, Matt Holsman, and Patrick McClure all added RBI singles as well.
The Pioneers and Knights traded runs in the eighth when John Murphy (Seymour, CT) came home on a groundout for SHU and Weeks knocked in another run for FDU with a single. In the ninth, the Pioneers scored twice on RBI singles by Murphy and Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) and moved the tying runs into scoring position. However, Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) drove a ball hard to left that Jordan Ritz, playing deep to guard against an extra base hit, hauled in to end the game.
The Pioneers and Knights are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday at 1:00 pm.