Fairfield, CT – Coming off their first conference series loss of the season last weekend, the Sacred Heart Pioneers welcome the seventh place Fairleigh Dickinson Knights to town for a four game series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. SHU currently sits in third place in the Northeast Conference standings, while FDU comes in tied with Quinnipiac in the seventh spot. The Saturday afternoon doubleheader will be senior day for the Pioneers with the five departing seniors being honored before the games.
Sacred Heart (20-21, 15-9) is looking to rebound from losing three out of four last weekend to the second place Monmouth Hawks. The Pioneers won a thrilling game one of the series in 12 innings but lost the next three to earn their first conference series loss of the season. Senior Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) came up with the clutch 12th inning triple, scoring senior John Murphy (Seymour, CT) to clinch the 3-2 win over Monmouth in game one of the series. Senior ace Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) earned the no decision for the Pioneers, allowing just two runs in a gutsy ten innings. Sophomore Dan Wertz (Cross River, NJ) pitched scoreless 11th and 12th innings to notch his second win of the season for SHU. The Pioneers now sit two games behind 2nd place Monmouth.
Scribner will once again get the Friday afternoon start for the Pioneers. Scribner is 3-2 on the season with a 3.21 ERA in 61.2 innings of work. The 6'3'' right-hander leads the NEC with 68 strikeouts this season. Scriber ranks second all-time in the Sacred Heart history books with 322.1 innings pitched and 239 strikeouts.
Nick Leningen (Millwood, NY), Jeff Stoddard (Branford, CT), and Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) will follow Scibner in games two, three and four of the series. The SHU pitching staff has been extremely impressive this season, notching a terrific 3.80 team ERA. Kerski and Stoddard are both in the top five in ERA in the NEC.
Fairleigh Dickinson (11-28, 6-18) comes into this weekend after splitting a four game set against Mount St. Mary's last weekend. FDU is 8-7 in their last 15 games. At the dish, FDU is led by sophomore Riley Moonan who leads the team in hitting (.291), runs (25), hits (43), doubles (11), triples (4), total bases (62) and slugging percentage (.419). On the mound, the Knights are led by freshman Logan Frati who leads the team with a 3-1 record with a 5.21 ERA.
Last season, FDU beat Sacred Heart three out of four in Teaneck, New Jersey. SHU defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 6-1, in the second game of the Saturday doubleheader to earn their only win of the weekend. John Murphy went 2-3 with 2 runs scored in that game.
Sacred Heart and Fairleigh Dickinson get things rolling on Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm. As always, we will have live play-by-play for each game on the Pioneer Sports Network.