Fairfield, CT - After a week in which Sacred Heart won three out of four games against the first place Bryant Bulldogs, senior captains John Murphy (Seymour, CT) and Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) have been honored by the Northeast Conference. Murphy has been named NEC Player of the Week for the second time this season, while Scribner garnered NEC Pitcher of the Week honors. SHU snapped the Bulldogs 19 game win streak and handed them their first three conference losses of the season.
Murphy went 7-for-12 (.583) with three RBI, three walks and three stolen bases in four games against the NEC's top pitching staff. Bryant came into this weekend leading the Northeast conference in ERA, strikeouts and opposing batting average. Murphy started off the weekend going 3-4 with a run scored and a stolen base in SHU's 4-1 win on Friday afternoon. In game two of the Saturday doubleheader, his two-run, walk-off double capped a three-run seventh inning for Sacred Heart and sent the Pioneers to a 3-2 victory.
On the mound, Scribner pitched a complete game on Friday afternoon, allowing just one unearned run in the Pioneers' 4-1 win over Bryant. The SHU ace let up just three hits, one unearned run and struck out 11 Bulldogs in nine innings. The right-hander's lone unearned run came with two outs in the seventh inning. The senior captain rebounded exceptionally well, striking out the side in the eighth. Scribner shut down an offense that was batting a conference best .313 on the season and averaging over six runs a game. Scribner is now 3-2 on the season and leads the Northeast Conference with 61 strikeouts in 51.2 innings.
The Pioneers face off against cross-town rival Fairfield tomorrow afternoon before heading to Monmouth this weekend.