(Hamden, CT) – Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) pitched his sixth complete game of the year, as the Sacred Heart University Baseball team staved off a ninth-inning rally by the Quinnipiac Bobcats to hold onto a 3-2 win Friday afternoon.
After shutting out the Bobcats through eight innings, Leiningen survived a ninth inning in which he game up two runs on three hits. After a sacrifice fly by Nic Civale, Vincent Guglietti doubled in another with two outs to cut the SHU lead to one run, but Leiningen stranded the tying run in scoring position to end the game. He retired the first ten Bobcats in order, scattering six hits for the game with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Pioneers scored all their runs with two outs. SHU took the lead in the second on an RBI double by Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY), who went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. It remained 1-0 until their where two outs in the sixth, when Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) lined his first homerun of the season over the right-field fence. John Murphy (Seymour, CT) followed singles by Flint and Billy McDonough (Ballston Spa, NY) with an opposite field RBI double for a fourth straight SHU hit.
Sacred Heart hosts Quinnipiac in a doubleheader Saturday evening at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, with first pitch scheduled for 6:00 pm. The two seven-inning games will follow the Bridgeport Bluefish game against the Camden Riversharks at 2:05 pm.