WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.— The Sacred Heart University baseball team fell to Monmouth, 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday off an RBI double by Johnny Vega.
The Pioneers (9-18) tied things up in the sixth before the Hawks (12-19) put the leadoff man on in the 10th, eventually securing the walk-off win at MU Baseball Field.
SHU broke open the scoring in the second inning as freshman Matt Sorrento recorded the RBI groundout to short for the second out of the inning. A single through the right side in the bottom half of the third by John LaRocca tied things up at 1-1.
Monmouth broke the deadlocked game in the fifth on a two-out double by JD Andreessen off of junior Brent Teller. The Pioneers answered right back in the next half inning as senior Dan Schock went first pitch swinging and smacked his seventh home run of the season over the left field wall to tie it at 2-2. Teller recorded a pair of strikeouts in the sixth to end his outing.
Both teams were relatively quiet in the remaining innings as SHU only registered two hits over the final three innings. Monmouth nearly walked it off in the ninth loading the bases to start the inning. The Pioneers recorded two outs at the dish before freshman Cooper Thompson registered his second strikeout of the game.
SHU was unable to get anything going in the top half of the 10th as Monmouth picked up the double play two batters in. The Hawks led off the bottom half of the inning on a single by Kyle Norman. Vega then stepped in at the four spot and took the 1-2 offering from junior Jackson Aldam into the gap in left-center to seal the win.
The Pioneers were outhit 9-5 in the game as four batters contributed hits. Freshman Isiah Daubon recorded his first career multi-hit game with a pair of singles.
Teller recorded six strikeouts in the no-decision, not yielding a walk while scattering six hits against two earned runs. Thompson surrendered just one hit in three innings of relief. Aldam suffered his second loss of the season in extras.
SHU has a busy week ahead with six games on the docket, opening the week against Hartford on Tuesday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m.