HONOLULU, HI— The Sacred Heart baseball team battled back-and-forth with Hawaii but the home team prevailed with the 6-5 victory in the series finale on Sunday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
SHU continued to fight, loading up the bases on a walk by junior Cody Doyle, a double by Friar and and a walk by senior Shaw all with two outs. Perry then drove home Doyle and Friar with the two RBI single to left field to tie the game up at 5-5. The Rainbow Warriors started off the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back walks. After a pitching change, Jonathan Weeks laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners in scoring position, setting up Vchulek for the RBI groundout and 6-5 lead. The Pioneers would get runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth inning but Matt Estes was able to get out of the jam, getting Brown to fly out to left field. Both teams were even with hits at nine, but the Pioneers stranded 10 runners on base as Hawaii came away with the series sweep.
Perry and Friar led the Pioneers at the plate going 2-for-3 and 3-for-4 respectively. Friar recorded the lone extra base hit for SHU and had two runs scored. Sophomore Baylor Sundahl took the loss, pitching five innings and allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out three. Freshman Austin Markmann and junior James Taubl pitched three shutout innings in relief.
The Pioneers return to the east coast for a three-game weekend in the tri-state area beginning Friday, March 17 at Hofstra. First pitch is slated for 3:00 p.m.