Emmitsburg, MD – The Sacred Heart Pioneers scored six runs runs the first three innings on their way to a 9-6 series finale win over Mount St. Mary's on Saturday afternoon at Straw Family Stadium. Sacred Heart swept the four game series against the Mountaineers and have now beaten them 16 straight times. Sacred Heart finishes their NEC schedule with a record of 23-9, after closing the season on an 8 game win streak.
Seniors John Murphy (Seymour, CT) and Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) went a combined 6 for 10 with five runs scored and two RBI. Junior DH Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) went 3 for 5 with three RBI. SHU's 1-4 batters went a combined 9 for 18 at the plate with six RBI.
Junior starting pitcher Kody Kerski (Waterbury, CT) earned the win for Sacred Heart after pitching six innings and allowing three runs. Kerski improves to 5-2 on the season.
Perez got the scoring started for the Pioneers knocking a two run double down the left field line in the first inning to give SHU the 2-0 lead. Murphy (Seymour, CT) and Boisture came around to score on the play. Boisture reached on an error while Murphy reached base on a fielder's choice.
Boisture drove in the Pioneers next run in the second inning, stroking a single up the middle to score senior Jonathan Servilla (Fairfield, CT).
The Pioneers doubled their lead in the third inning, scoring three runs after loading the bases with no outs. Murphy led off the inning with a base hit, followed by a walk to Perez and then a single by freshman Jesus Medina (New York, NY). Following two straight strikeouts, Murphy scored on a wild pitch and senior Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT) smacked a two out double to score Perez and Medina.
The Mount would finally get on the board in the third inning, smacking three doubles in the frame. Senior catcher Mark Quaranta and DH Mo Moriarty both knocked RBI doubles.
After a 48-minute rain delay, Sacred Heart started right where they left off in the fourth. Murphy once again led off the inning with a hit, this time smacking his NEC leading eighth triple of the season to right center field. Perez knocked Murphy in with a base knock up the middle, making it 7-2 SHU.
The Mount scored their third run on a double steal with men on first and third that allowed Jay Knight to score after Sacred Heart threw down to second base in an attempt to catch Nick Walker stealing.
Freshman Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ) walked with the bases loaded, scoring Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) to make it 8-3 Sacred Heart in the seventh. Sullivan singled to left field to lead off the inning.
The Mount received a jolt of energy in the seventh inning in the form of a three run home run by Mark Quaranta over the right field wall, cutting the SHU lead to 8-6.
SHU would add one more in the ninth off left hander Jordan Lawson. Boisture would come around to score on a Murphy double to left field. Boisture led off the inning with a double of his own. Medina once again closed the door on the Mountaineers in the ninth, collecting the final two outs for his second save of the series and third of the season.
Sacred Heart closes out their regular season this week with five non-conference games in three days. The Pioneers first head to Long Island on Wednesday for a noon match-up with the Stony Brook Seawolves.