WEST HAVEN, Conn – The Sacred Heart offense was able to muster just four hits and two runs as the Pioneers fell 5-2 to the Yale Bulldogs Wednesday afternoon at Yale Field. Sacred Heart falls to 17-12 on the season.
In his first career start, freshman John Sostarich (Huntington, NY) was hit with the loss after giving up three runs (one earned) in five innings of action. Sophomore Mike Lembo (North Haledon, NJ) and senior Robbie Maguire (Brooklyn, NY) both pitched scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
The Yale Bulldogs hopped out to a lead in the bottom of the first inning, after a Cale Hanson double down the left field line was misplayed by senior Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT), allowing Derek Brown to score from first. Hanson then came in to score on a Robert Baldwin sacrifice fly to left field.
Baldwin struck again in the third inning, this time singling to right field to score Brown and give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.
The Pioneers were finally able to get some offense going in the seventh inning after accumulating just one hit in the previous six innings. Sophomore Jesus Medina (New York, NY) led off the inning with a walk, while freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY) followed with a base hit. After a fly out and a passed ball, Medina and Short were on second and third with one down. McEvoy would then put SHU on the board with a RBI ground out to second base. Now with two down, Victor Sorrento (Monroe Township, NJ) knocked a RBI base hit to score Short from third and bring SHU within one run.
Yale did not waste anytime in answering the Pioneers, matching SHU's two runs with two of their own in the bottom half of the seventh. Richard Slenker smacked a pinch hit double down the left field line to score Hanson and Brown and put Yale ahead 5-2, which would be more than enough run support for the Bulldogs.
The Pioneers begin a four-game series with Mount St. Mary's tomorrow afternoon. First pitch slated for 4:00 pm at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.