Bridgeport, CT – The Sacred Heart baseball team celebrated "Senior Day" in style Sunday afternoon, cruising to a 10-4 win over LIU Brooklyn at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Sacred Heart salvages a series split with the Blackbirds and improves to 7-5 in the NEC this season and 20-18 overall.
Sacred Heart starting pitcher Nick Morrissey (Howell, NJ) recorded his third victory of the season, allowing two runs in five innings. Senior left-hander Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) and junior Dan Wertz (Cross River, NY) both pitched a couple of innings out of the bullpen.
In the final home game of his career, senior Conor McEvoy (Watertown, CT ) went three-for-five at the dish with two runs scored and a RBI. Another senior, Derick Horn (Valatie, NY), drove in a team-high three runs. The Pioneers had seven different players knock in runs.
A day after getting swept, SHU did not waste any time in jumping all over the Blackbirds in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Jesus Medina (New York, NY) started things off with a lead-off base hit. Sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) would then reach base on a Blackbird error. After a wild pitch, SHU had runners on second and third with no outs. Back-to-back RBI ground outs gave SHU the early 2-0 lead. With two-outs and no one on base, junior Matt Charmello (Rossmoore) singled to keep the rally alive, before stealing both second and third, and then finally scoring on a passed ball to put SHU ahead 3-0.
The Pioneers piled more on the third as Charmello and McEvoy started the inning with back-to-back hits. Following a sacrifice bunt by freshman Keith Klebart (Orange, CT) and a hit by pitch, SHU had the bases loaded with one out. With the bases juiced, back-to-back walks by Horn and freshman Ted Shaw (Southington, CT) had the Pioneers out in front 5-0. After a Blackbird pitching change, Medina elongated the rally with a RBI single and then Sullivan capped off the scoring with a sacrifice fly to put SHU up 7-0.
Horn racked up his second and third RBI of the game in the sixth inning, knocking a two-out, two-run, double to right field to score McEvoy and Klebart.
The Pioneers added one more in the eighth as another senior, Dan Perez (Seymour, CT), hit a sacrifice fly to center field to put SHU in double digits for the second time in three days.
The Pioneers mid-week game this week will be a doubleheader at Fairfield on Tuesday afternoon, starting at 2:00 pm.
Notes: Sacred Heart's five seniors have won a combined 113 games and counting in their four seasons, the most by any senior class in program history.