April 2, 2010
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Senior Jared Balbach(Pine Bush, NY) pitched a complete-game, allowing just three hits and striking out six, while freshman shortstop John Murphy (Seymour, CT) drove in five runs to lead the Sacred Heart baseball team to an 11-1 win over visiting Quinnipiac in the first game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader Friday afternoon.
The Pioneers, 9-11 overall and 2-0 in the NEC, got things started in the first with a pair of runs. Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA) led off with a bunt single and went to second on a throwing error by Quinnipiac starting pitcher Anthony Cinelli. He went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Murphy. Senior catcher Jeff Heppner followed with a solo homer to left center to make it 2-0. Drowne singled home Mike Olszyk in the third inning, after the DH had led off the frame with a double.
The Bobcats got their only run, an unearned one, in the third. Mickey Amanti reached to lead off the inning on an error by SHU second baseman Hunter Phillips. Balbach struck out the next hitter but walked Ryan Ulrich to put two on. A wild pitch advanced both runners and Amanti scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Ben Farina.
Murphy gave SHU a 5-1 lead in the fourth with a two-out, two-run single to right that plated Dave Boisture and Drown. Boisture doubled to start the inning and went to third on a Drowne single.
Olszyk had an RBI double in the fifth that chased Cinelli from the game.
SHU broke it open in the sixth off reliever Andrew Rinaldi, scoring five times. Murphy and JJ Edwards each had two-run doubles in the inning. Drowne had a single in the inning, his fourth hit in four trips. He now had seven hits in his last nine at bats.
The win lifted Balbach's record to 3-2 this season, while Cinelli fell to 0-2.