THIBODAUX, La. – For the second time in its season-opening road trip, the Sacred Heart baseball team fell victim to a walk off base hit in the bottom of the ninth, as the Pioneers fell 8-7 on Wednesday afternoon at Nicholls State.
SHU (1-7) scored six runs in the second, and took a 7-6 lead in the sixth on a Dan Schock single, but Nicholls State came back with one in the seventh and another in the ninth to complete the comeback. It all began with Alex Shermer's leadoff walk, and after an error on Joey Morales's bunt single, the Pioneers made the decision to intentionally walk Kyle Reese and load the bases for Gavin Wehby. Wehby stepped up with a single up the middle and past the drawn in infield for the victory.
That capped a 3-4 day for Webhy, who joined Alex Tucker with three hits, as Nicholls State (6-8) outhit Sacred Heart 14-6. That being said, only five of the Colonels' runs were earned, with the Pioneers plaguing themselves with five errors.
Only three of SHU starter Jason Foley's six runs allowed were earned, as he went the first four innings giving up six hits. Brent Teller came on in relief of him and provided four innings of solid relief, scattering five hits that led to one run. Baylor Sundahl was tabbed with the loss.
After Colonel starter Jakes Smith struggled to make it through just 1.2 innings with four earned, Daniel Goff came on for the next 5.1. Allowing two earned himself in that second inning, he did not give up earned run in his final five innings of work. Adam Taylor took over from there, earning the win by pitching the final two allowing just one hit.
Shock was the lone Pioneer with two hits and also drove in two runs, walking once and scored a run. Zack Short had a three-RBI single in the six run second. Jayson added a two-RBI single, while Ted Shaw scored two runs.
In a game that was moved up one day due to impending inclement weather, game two has been moved to Thursday night at 7 pm ET.
How it Happened
- Sacred Heart's six run second came despite having nobody on and two outs after PJ DeFilippo was thrown out trying to steal following a single. The next four batters all walked, with Schock's base on balls brining in the first run of the afternoon and leading to the end of the day for Smith. Sullivan greeted Goff with his two-RBI single before yet another walk loaded the baes once more. Short delivered the big base knock, singling on a 3-2 pitch, which led to three RBI's in part because Alex Perry got a head start from first.
- Nicholls got one back in the bottom half, taking advantage of a two-out error that extended the inning to make the score 6-1 on Shermer's single.
- The Colonels then pulled within one in the third, making use of two Pioneer error for two more unearned runs. Kyle Knauth and Tucker and both had RBI singles in the frame, which could have been worse if Foley had not escaped a bases loaded jam.
- Wehby's leadoff double in the fifth led to the eventual tying run, as Nicholls executed situational hitting with Juan Givan's groundout and Knauth's sacrifice fly.
- Teller surrendered back-to-back singles when he entered the game in the fifth, but he caught a break when Friar threw out the lead runner at third for the first out on an attempted sacrifice bunt. He then induced an inning ending double play.
- It was SHU taking advantage of a Colonel error in the sixth, with Shaw reaching and moving up to second on Keith Klebart's sacrifice bunt. The next hitter struck out, but Schock came through to put the Pioneers back on top with a single.
- Again Teller ran into trouble in the sixth, retiring two of the first three hitters only to walk and hit the next two to load the bases. Again he got out of it, this time with a first pitch fly out.
- Following the first of two straight 1-2-3 innings for SHU, Nicholls State tied the game for a second time in the seventh. Dylan Manichia led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Shermer. He advanced to third on a balk and therefore easily scored on Morales' single to make the score 7-7.
- Sacred Heart did not advance a runner into scoring position in its final three at bats, with only Schock reaching base on a one-out single in the ninth.