BRIDGEPORT, Conn – The Sacred Heart Pioneers dropped both games of a twi-night doubleheader with the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers Friday night at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. The Pioneers fall to 5-2 in the Conference and 18-14 overall.
The Pioneers engineered a combined seven hits in the two games, while also leaving a combined 15 men on base.
The Mountaineers scored all they would need in the first inning of game one. After back-to-back strikeouts to start the game, Mount St. Mary's strung together three singles and a walk to take the early 2-0 lead. Zach Hostetter came up with the big hit, smacking a two-out base hit to center field to score Andrew Clow and Korey Britton.
The Pioneers only offense came in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sophomore Victor Sorrento (Monroe, Township, NJ) scored the Pioneers only run on a Seth Schubert balk. Sorrento reached base on an error to start the rally, before moving over to third on a Derick Horn (Valatie, NY) walk and Dan Perez (Seymour, CT) single.
In game two, the Pioneers once again struggled at the dish, mounting just three hits.
After loading the bases with a single and two walks, the Mountaineers answered right back in the fourth inning. With the bases juiced, Ryan Owens knocked a RBI ground out, while Zach Hostetter smacked a sacrifice fly to right field to put MSM on top 2-1.
The Mount added another run in the fifth when Andrew Clow hit a RBI single to center field to score Andrew Frazier.
MSM broke the game wide open in the sixth with three more runs, all allowed after a SHU error kept the inning alive with two outs. Britton and Owens smacked back-to-back RBI singles and the Mount was up 6-1.
In their final ups, the Pioneers added one more run on a Matt Charmello (Rossmoor, CA) RBI double to left field. Sorrento came around to score after leading off the inning with a walk.
The Mountaineers received solid pitching performances from both of their starting pitchers, Seth Schubert and Vincent Molesky. Molesky allowed just two hits in six innings of action in game two.
Sacred Heart will look for the series split against the Mount tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 pm.
Notes: The Pioneers had won 17 straight against the Mountaineers.