March 3, 2014

Pioneers Defeat Tulane 6-4 to Earn Series Win

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The Sacred Heart baseball team earned its first series win of the season Monday afternoon, defeating Tulane 6-4 in the series finale of a three-game set at Turchin Stadium.

Junior right-hander Dan Wertz (Cross River, NY) earned the win for the Pioneers, allowing just one run in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen. Freshman Jason Foley (North Bellmore, NY) dazzled in his Sacred Heart debut, striking out the side in the ninth to record the save.

Sacred Heart's top of the order, Ted Shaw (Southington, CT), Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY), and Zak Short (Hurley, NY), went a combined 6-for-13 at the dish with five runs scored.  Designated hitter Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) knocked in three from the cleanup spot.

Sacred Heart got things started in the third inning with a few hits and also three Tulane errors.  Junior Kenny Byram (Ponte Vedra, FL) led off the inning with a single up the middle. Byram advanced all the way to third after a wild pitch and fielder's choice, before being knocked in by a Sullivan double down the right field line. Short followed that up with a single and Sullivan was able to score on a Tulane error. Short ended up coming around on yet another Tulane error to cap the SHU rally and give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead.

The Green Wave cut into the SHU lead in the bottom of the third, with Bowen Woodson scoring on a Sacred Heart error.

The Pioneers added to their lead in the fourth inning with a two out rally started by Sullivan. The sophomore singled to right field to start things, with Short reaching on an error to keep the inning alive. With two outs and two on, Perez smacked a single to left field to to put SHU ahead 5-1. 

The Green Wave responded immediately in the bottom of the fourth. After loading the bases with no outs, Andrew Garner came around to score on a fielder's choice and then Garrett Deschamp scored on a Woodson sacrifice fly to make the score 5-3.

Sacred Heart added some insurance in the sixth inning after loading the bases with one out. With the bases juiced, Perez grounded to third base and reached on a fielder's choice, which allowed Shaw to score and put SHU up 6-3.

Tulane scored another run in the seventh inning when Woodson came around to score on a Nick DiMaggio fielder's choice. Within two runs would be as close as Tulane would get.

Wertz got Tulane out in order in the eighth, while Foley shut the door in the ninth with three straight strikeouts.

Sacred Heart will play Nicholls State tomorrow night in game four of its Louisiana road trip. 

Notes: Freshman Zak Short went 7-for-12 in the three-game series.