BRIDGEPORT, Conn – The Sacred Heart Pioneers swept a doubleheader with NJIT Sunday afternoon, outscoring the Highlanders 16-5 at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. With the wins, the Pioneers take three of four from NJIT and improve to 17-11 on the season.
Freshman Keith Klebart (Orange, CT) went five-for-nine with two RBI and two runs scored in the two games, while senior Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT), sophomore Jesus Medina (New York, NY), and sophomore Victor Sorrento (Monroe Township, NJ) all added three hits each.
It didn't take long for the Pioneers to strike in the first game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) doubled down the right field line to score freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY) and Medina.
Sacred Heart added another run in the second after NJIT misplayed a Keaton Flint (Charlton, NY) bunt to allow Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) to score from second. Horn led off the inning with a single to left field.
NJIT cut into the Pioneers lead in the third inning when Ed Charlton smacked a two-out RBI single to score Teddy Bickert and Matt Weckerle.
McEvoy got in on the action in the third, singling home Short to put SHU up 4-2.
After three scoreless innings, the Pioneers broke out in the seventh and the eighth innings. Klebart knocked home Sorrento with a RBI single in the seventh to put SHU up 5-2, and then Sorrento broke the game wide open with a base clearing double to put SHU ahead six runs in the eighth.
Starting pitcher Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ) earned the win in game one, allowing just two unearned runs in six innings of work. Senior Nick Leiningen pitched the final three innings to secure the save.
The Pioneers once again jumped out to a lead in the first inning of game two. Sullivan smacked a RBI single to score Klebart and put SHU ahead 1-0.
NJIT battled back in the fourth, taking its first lead of the afternoon with back-to-back RBI singles from Tom Bouck and Stephan Halibej.
The NJIT lead was short-lived as the Pioneers answered with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning. McEvoy drilled a RBI single to bring Sullivan home. Sullivan led off the inning with a triple. McEvoy then came around to score and put SHU ahead 3-2 on a base hit to left field by Horn.
As they did in game one, the Pioneers broke the game wide open with a four-run inning, this time in the fifth. A walk by Flint started the rally for SHU, followed by a Klebart laser down the left field line to put SHU up 4-2. The Pioneers were then able to load the bases on a Medina single up the middle and a Short walk. With the bases juiced, Klebart scored on a wild pitch, Medina scored on a McEvoy ground out and then Short capped off the rally, scoring on a Sorrento strikeout.
Sacred Heart added one more in the sixth when Short singled to right field to score Flint from third. Flint led off the inning with a base hit.
Junior Dan Wertz (Cross River, NY) registered the win in game two, pitching 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
The Pioneers are back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they take a short trip to New Haven to take on the Yale Bulldogs.