Baseball Loses Pair to LIU
April 6, 2003
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Senior pitchers Dan Barrios (Riverside, CA) and Shaun Keebler (Waterloo, NY) each hurled complete games to lead the Long Island University baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart University, 9-2 and 3-0, on Sunday afternoon.
The Pioneers took a 2-1 lead after an inning in game one, thanks to a two-out, two-run double by junior Brian Rojee (Foxboro, MA). LIU got a run in the top of the inning on an RBI single by senior Mike Thompson (Haddon Twp., NJ).
The Blackbirds took control of the game with a four-run third inning off SHU starting pitcher Dan Scott. LIU got consecutive singles from Tim Doherty, Steve Echevarria and Thompson to start the inning. Anthony Valvano then blooped a single to right to score Doherty. With one out and the bases full, sophomore Dustin Roach (Marlton, NJ) doubled to deep right to clear the bases.
LIU chased Scott in the fourth inning with two more runs, taking a 7-2 lead. After Scott got the first two batters easily, Echevarria singled and Thompson drew a walk. Both runners then took off on a double steal and the throw by SHU catcher Chris Vartuli to third sailed into the outfield allowing Echevarria to score. Valvano followed with a single to score Thompson and end Scott's day.
The loss dropped Scott to 0-6 on the season. Senior Dan Barrios (Riverside, CA) went the distance for the Blackbirds to move to 2-3. He allowed just three hits and struck out a pair of SHU batters.
In game two, the Blackbirds would get the only run they needed in the third inning. Freshman Miguel Perez (Brooklyn, NY) led off the inning with a walk and promptly stole second base. He advanced third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch by SHU starter Eric Bushor (Uncasville, CT).
LIU would score two more in the fifth, one on another wild pitch by Bushor that scored freshman Matt Martino (Staten Island, NY) who had walked with one out. The other scored on an error by Bushor as he fielded a groundball to the left of the mound and threw the ball into right field trying to get the out.
The Pioneers had their best chance to score when Greg Delmonico led off the sixth with a single. Anthony Diaz followed with a grounder to Valvano at second. Valvano dropped the ball trying to make the tag as Delmonico went by, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Keebler got Jamie Schilkowski to ground into a double play to short, and retired Rojee on a fly to right to end the Pioneer threat.
At Ballpark at Harbor Yard Game #1 LIU 104 200 2 - 9 13 0 SHU 200 000 0 - 2 3 1 Dan Barrios and Dustin Roach; Dan Scott, Chuck Ristano (4) and Chris Vartuli
WP- Barrios (2-3) LP- Scott (0-6)
WP- Keebler (2-3) LP- Bushor (2-3)