STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart baseball team was swept in a doubleheader by the Wagner Seahawks at Richmond County Bank Ballpark Saturday, falling by scores of 8-5 and 6-4.
The Pioneers are back in action on Tuesday, May 17 with a 1 p.m. game at Iona.
Wagner (18-30, 12-16 NEC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Three straight singles off of Jesus Medina put the Seahawks ahead 1-0. With two outs and runners on first and second, a Zach Short error allowed the second Wagner run to score. In the second, the Seahawks put another crooked number on the scoreboard when Phil Capra cleared the bases with a two-out, three-RBI single to make the score 5-0.
The Seahawks scored two more runs in the third to go up 7-0 before the Pioneers got on the board. P.J. DeFilippo brought in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the top of the fourth to make the score 7-2. SHU (27-23, 17-10 NEC) scored another run in the top of the fifth on an Alex Perry sacrifice fly that scored Keith Klebart. Trailing 8-3, the Pioneers attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh. After Ted Shaw lined out to open the inning, Perry was hit by a pitch then reached third as Jayson Sullivan ripped a double down the left field line. Victor Sorrento drove home both runners with a single to make the score 8-5. However, Wagner reliever Nathan Hunt got both Short and Dan Schock to fly out to centerfield to end the game.
Sullivan was 3-for-3 in the game and reached base in all four plate appearances. Both he and Perry scored twice. Medina took the loss after going 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, on seven hits. Mike Lembo pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Capra, Ben Ruta, and Trey Nicosia each went 2-for-3 at the plate.
The nightcap started as a pitcher's duel, as both Wagner's Nick Pavia and Sacred Heart's John Sostarich kept the game scoreless through the first three innings. The Pioneers opened the scoring in the top of the fourth. After a leadoff walk by Sullivan, Victor Sorrento laced a double to left field to make the score 1-0 and reached third on a throwing error. Short followed that up with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Sorrento to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead. Schock then walked, stole second, and advanced to third after a throwing error by catcher Brendan Benecke. However, Pavia was able to retire DeFilippo and Jake Friar to end the inning.
The Pioneers added to their lead in the top of the fifth. Perry led off with a single and a stolen base. With one out, Medina singled through the left side of the infield to bring Perry around to score and give SHU a 3-0 lead. Wagner got that run back in the bottom half of the inning. Ben Ruta's one-out RBI base hit to centerfield put the Seahawks on the board, 3-1. Sostarich held the Seahawks to just one run in the inning, getting Capra to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Wagner tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs and runners on first and second, Kyle Brey hit a double to right field to score both runners. Baylor Sundahl then entered the game for SHU in relief of Sostarich to get the final out of the inning to keep the game tied. Ted Shaw put the Pioneers back in the lead with an RBI single to centerfield, bringing Jake Friar home to make the score 4-3.
The Seahawks came back again to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh, as Capra scored on a Sundahl wild pitch. The Pioneers had a chance to take the lead in the top of the eighth. With runners on second and third and two out, DeFilippo lined out to Sean Mazzio at third base to end the SHU threat. The Seahawks took their first and only lead of the game in the bottom half of the inning. Capra sent a Jason Foley pitch to right field to drive in Mascelli to make the score 5-4. Benecke followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in Ruta and give Wagner a 6-4 lead. The Pioneers had the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth with a chance to tie the game, but Nick Abbatiello struck out Sorrento to end the game and give Wagner a sweep of the doubleheader and the series.
Perry was 2-for-3 at the plate in game two. Sostarich allowed three runs and scattered seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched for a no decision.