March 23, 2003
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Junior pitcher Chuck Ristano (Valley Stream, NY) pitched a six-hit shutout, while freshman Anthony Diaz (Middletown, NY) had three hits to lead Sacred Heart University to a 4-0 win over Wagner College in a Northeast Conference baseball tilt Sunday afternoon.
Sacred Heart, now 5-8 overall and 2-1 in the NEC, scored twice in the first inning off Wagner starter Andrew Bailey (Haddon Hgts., NJ). Freshman Jason Maiella (N. Haledon, NJ) singled with one out and went to second on an error by the right fielder. Sophomore Greg Delmonico (Brewster, NY) followed with a bloop single to right center to put runners on the corners. Junior Jamie Schilkowski (Shelton, CT) then hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Maiella, and Dave Kaloyanides (Reading, MA) then singled to left to score Delmonico.
The Pioneers scored again in the second. Freshman shortstop Tim Lantz (New Rochelle, NY) singled with two outs and went to second when the next batter walked. Maiella then singled to center to plate Lantz and give SHU a 3-0 advantage.
Bailey settled down for Wagner after the second and held the Pioneers scoreless through the seventh inning. He left after the seventh, finishing with six strikeouts and just one walk. Sophomore lefty Matt Hertzberg came in for the Seahawks in the eighth and allowed a run on three hits. Junior Ed Marotta (Bethpage, NY) scored Kaloyanides with the insurance run with a sacrifice fly to center.
Wagner, now 2-12 overall and 1-2 in the league, had its best chance to score in the sixth inning. Junior Chris Dick (Denville, NJ) led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Ristano struck out the next batter, but senior Joe Agnello (Howell, NJ) singled to left to put runners on the corners with one out. Ristano got out of trouble when he got Anthony Gioelli to rap into a double play to Lantz at short.
Ristano, now 1-1, fanned ten batters while walking two and tossing the first shutout of his college career.