May 24, 2014

Pioneers Fall to Bryant in NEC Championship Game

NORWICH, Conn – Sophomore Jayson Sullivan (Charlton, NY) drilled a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game, but it was the Bryant Bulldogs who scored four runs in the 12th inning to win the 2014 NEC Championship Saturday afternoon at Dodd Stadium.  The Pioneers finish the season with a record of 29-28, falling in the NEC Title game for the second consecutive season.

With freshman Zack Short (Hurley, NY) on second base and two outs, Sullivan, an All-NEC second teamer this season, brought the Pioneers back with one swing of the bat in the eighth. It was Sullivan's team-leading fifth long ball of the season.

Sacred Heart starting pitcher Jason Foley (North Bellmore, NY) kept the Pioneers in the game, allowing just two runs in 6.2 innings. After yielding three consecutive hits and two runs to start the game, the freshman right-hander did not allow another knock or run during the rest of his outing.

Jordan Mountford, A.J Zarozny, and Carl Anderson all smacked base hits up the middle to begin the game for Bryant. Anderson earned the RBI, while Robby Rinn knocked a sacrifice fly to score Zarozny and the Bulldogs led 2-0 after the first.

In the 12th, it was Mountford once again getting things started for the Bulldogs with a single to right field. Bryant would then load the bases with no outs on a SHU error and an intentional walk. Following a ground out, Rinn drilled a bases clearing triple down the right field line to break the game open for Bryant. Buck McCarthy followed with a RBI single to cap off the Bryant scoring.

Junior right-hander James Cooksey (Norwalk, CT )pitched 4.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen for Sacred Heart before the 12th.

Keith Klebart (7-for-19, 4 R, 4 RBI), Jayson Sullivan (7-for-19, 4 R, 4 RBI), and Nick Morrissey (7 IP, 0 R, 5 H) were all named the All-Tournament team for the Pioneers.