West Long Branch, NJ – A day after the Pioneers defeated Monmouth 3-2 in a thrilling 12 innings, Sacred Heart dropped both games of the Saturday doubleheader to the Hawks at Monmouth Park. SHU dropped the first game 6-3 and then lost 18-4. SHU now drops a game below Monmouth in the NEC standings at 15-8.
Sacred Heart starting pitcher Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) allowed six runs in five innings in the game one loss. Leiningen is now 4-3 this season.
Bryant got on the board first in game one, scoring two runs in first inning off Leiningen. Senior Chris Perret doubled home Steve Wilgus to score the Hawks first run, while Owen Stewart singled in the second run on a single to right field. Stewart went 4-6 in the doubleader with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI.
Bryant would score three more in the third inning on a couple singles and a sac fly.
Down 5-0 in the 4th, Sacred Heart would cut into the Hawks lead. Junior Dan Perez would knock in the Pioneers first run with a double to left center, scoring freshman Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ). Lamboy reached base on a walk. Perez would come around to score SHU's second run on a base hit by Derick Horn (Valatie, NY).
SHU threatened in the 6th, getting the two lead off men on base but two fly outs and a strikeout would halt the rally.
In the seventh inning Sacred Heart loaded the bases with no outs but could only produce one run. A walk, an error and another walk would load the bases for the Pioneers. A sac fly by Dave Boisture, scoring Jesus Medina (New York, NY) would be the only run SHU would score in the final frame.
In game two of the doubleheader Monmouth scored 14 runs in the final three innings en route to crushing SHU 18-4.
Sacred Heart briefly took the 4-2 lead over Monmouth in the top of the third. Senior shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT) smacked a triple to left center to score Lamboy and senior Jonathan Servilla (Fairfield, CT). Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) would follow Murphy, crushing a first pitch fastball over the right field wall to give SHU the 4-2 lead.
Monmouth would go on to score 16 runs in the final four innings to break the game wide open. Craig Sweeney smashed a three run homerun in the fourth after hitting a solo shot in game one of the doubleheader.
SHU and Monmouth complete their four game series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm. Junior Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) will get the start for the Pioneers.