Baseball Outslugs Iona, 14-10
April 2, 2008
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Sacred Heart baseball team pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of four Iona College errors to come away with a 14-10 win Wednesday afternoon and break an 11-game losing streak.
Junior Tyler Santos (Johnson City, NY) clubbed his third homer of the season in the first inning to get the SHU attack started. It was a two-run shot with two outs that scored JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) who had walked. The Pioneers would score twice more in the inning thanks to an error, a hit batter and a two-run single by Steve Armato (Staten Island, NY).
Sophomore Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA) made his first collegiate start for the Pioneers and allowed just one unearned run and three hits in three innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.
Edwards gave Drowne a 5-1 lead in the top of the fourth with an RBI double that plated Justin Mulrain (Brantford, ONT) who had walked.
Mick Oswald (Mineola, NY) came on in relief for SHU in the fourth and surrendered a two-run homer to first baseman Chris Griffin.
Drowne, who stayed on as the designated hitter after leaving the mound, got the two runs back for the Pioneers in the top of the fifth with a two-run double that scored Phil Tantillo and Adam Beliveau to make it 7-3.
Chris Zaccherio took the mound in the fifth for SHU and surrendered three runs, two of them on a triple by Griffin, that cut the Pioneer lead to 7-6.
SHU, 2-19, broke it open with six unearned runs in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a pair of Iona errors. Edwards and Drowne each delivered two-run singles in the frame.
Iona, 1-19, got four runs back on five hits off SHU reliever Corey Corcoran (Norwich, CT) in the bottom of the sixth. It was the last gasp for the Gaels as Eric Romanchuk (West Babylon, NY) pitched two scoreless innings and Chris Barthel (Northford, CT) a scoreless ninth.
The Pioneers will be in action again this weekend when they host Monmouth University in a four-game NEC series starting on Friday at 3 p.m.