March 22, 2009
ORONO, ME - The Sacred Heart baseball team struggled defensively on Sunday, making nine errors in a doubleheader, allowing the host Maine Black Bears to sweep the twinbill 11-2 and 5-3.
Six of the Pioneer errors came in the opening game 11-2 loss. SHU had nine hits, including three from senior Tyler Santos (Johnson City, NY) but couldn't overcome the defensive gaffes. To compound matters, leading hitter Jeff Hanson was forced to leave the game in the third inning after a collision in the field while playing first. He would miss the second game as well.
Senior Chris Barthel threw the first seven innings of the opener for the Pioneers, allowing four earned runs and eight hits. He struck out three and walked two.
In the nightcap, Maine scored all five of its runs in the second inning after the Pioneers had take a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning. The Black Bears took advantage of two SHU errors to score the five runs on just three hits.
The Pioneers, 7-9, got one back in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly by Paul Schmidt that drove in Ryan Lynch, who had led the inning off with a walk. Sophomore MJ Schifano cut the Maine led to two with an RBI single in the sixth.
SHU brought the tying run to the plate twice in the seventh inning, after Lynch singled with one out, but the Maine bullpen retired Santos and Jeff Heppner to nail down the win.