NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Sacred Heart pitching staff threw its fourth consecutive shutout and the offense produced nine runs on 13 hits in a midweek matinee at Yale on Tuesday afternoon. The Pioneers have won nine of eleven and are currently .500 for the first time this season at 10-10.
The pitching staff as a whole has now thrown 33.1 scoreless innings in a row. The four shutouts is one less than SHU has thrown in the previous two years combined.
James Taubl was the arm behind the latest blanking, tying his career-high of six innings pitched for a second straight start to extend his scoreless innings streak to 13.1 in what was his first win of the season and the second of his career. The sophomore worked around six hits and three walks that led to a couple of scoring situations for Yale, most notably in the second inning when first baseman Victor Sorrento threw out a runner at home trying to score from second after Sacred Heart failed to turn a double play. He also got of a situation of runners on second and third after the next batter doubled, one of four innings in which the Bulldogs had two runners reach against him.
Each time Taubl answered the call though, paving the way for Mike Lembo to extend the shutout with 1.2 innings of one-hit ball for his third scoreless relief outing in a row. Alex Perry finished it off by throwing the last 1.1 innings, working around a two-out double in the eighth and a leadoff hit by pitch in the ninth for his fourth successive scoreless relief outing.
On the offensive side, Sacred Heart has now scored in the top of the first in six of its last seven games after the first three Pioneers to come to the plate all singled. Jayson Sullivan followed Ted Shaw and Jesus Medina singles by beating out the throw on a bunt to load the bases. Sorrento then put SHU on the board with a sacrifice fly before Medina would ultimately come around to score in the next at bat for a 2-0 lead.
Sacred Heart also scored twice in the second despite a double play in which a Pioneer was thrown out at home trying to score from second on a ground out. Anthony Capozziello made up for this with his first career triple, scoring Cody Doyle, who had singled earlier in the inning. The sophomore then made the score 4-0 after coming in on a wild pitch.
Simon Whiteman and Benny Wanger had two hits apiece for Yale (4-14-1). Sam Boies and Chris Moates each threw a scoreless inning of relief for the Bulldogs.
The final game of what turned into nine-game road trip for Sacred Heart, the Pioneers will now refocus their attention back to Northeast Conference play when it hosts Fairleigh Dickinson for game one of a four game series at Harbor Yard on Friday at 3 pm.