March 26, 2010
WEST HARTFORD, CT - The Sacred Heart baseball team took a three-run lead into the final inning of game one of a doubleheader at Hartford on Friday afternoon, but a pair of Pioneer errors helped the Hawks come back to win the game 5-4. Hartford would use that momentum to take the nightcap 2-0.
A two-run double with two outs in the third inning by senior Jeff Heppner gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead for starter Jared Balbach. SHU would extend that to 3-0 when Heppner blasted his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot to left, in the fifth off Hartford starter Chris Greiner.
Balbach walked Victor Santana to lead off the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Mike Amendola followed with a double down the left field line to get the Hawks on the board. Balbach got the next three hitters to strand Amendola at second.
SHU, 5-10, got an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Mike Drowne singled to lead off the frame, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Tedesco, stole third, and scored on a single up the middle by Rob Griffith.
Balbach walked Jared Canney to lead off the bottom of the seventh, then gave up a single to Jon Ricco to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch moved both runners up. Erik Figueredo then lofted a fly ball to center that was dropped by Drowne, allowing Canney to score. The next batter hit a ball to shortstop John Murphy that could have resulted in a double play but Murphy misplayed it, loading the bases.
Sophomore James Ineson came in to relieve Balbach and gave up a single to Santana that got the Hawks within a run at 4-3. Amendola hit into a fielder's choice to short that scored the tying run and put Hawks on the corners with one out. Andy Drexel stepped in for Hartford. Despite being struck out by Balbach three times, the Hawk DH ripped a single to center that drove home the winning run.
In the second game, the Pioneers managed just three hits of Hartford starter Steve Sobocinski. SHU starter Chris Zaccherio pitched well, striking out eight, but an RBI double and solo homer by Mike Aldrich was all the Hawks would need to finish the twinbill sweep.
SHU is back in action tomorrow in a doubleheader with Harvard at the University of Hartford starting at noon.