April 7, 2009

Baseball Splits Pair at Yale

April 7, 2009

Game One

Game Two

NEW HAVEN, CT - Freshman Mike Olszyk had two hits, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and pitched a perfect eight to earn the save as the Sacred Heart baseball team defeated Yale 8-6 in the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday to earn a split. The Bulldogs won the opener 5-3.

The Pioneers, 10-16-1, trailed 2-1 after four innings of the second game but exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth. Freshman Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) led off the inning with a double and went to third on a single by Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA). MJ Schifano plated Phillips with a sacrifice fly and Tyler Santos (Johnson City, NY) drove home Drowne with a single.

After Jeff Heppner singled to put two on, Olszyk launched his sixth homer of the season to make it 6-2.

In the sixth, Yale put two on against SHU starter Bobby Shepherd (Groton, CT) on a single and a hit batter. Shepherd departed with one out in favor of Schifano. Both the inherited runners scored for the Bulldogs and they added a third to close within a run.

Yale tied it in the seventh thanks to a pair of walks and an RBI single, but the Pioneers took the lead in the top of the eighth when Phillips reached on an infield single with one out. He went to second on a wild pitch and third on an error by the Yale third baseman on a ball hit by Drowne. He would score on another wild pitch and Drowne would later score on the second Yale error of the inning.

In the opener, freshman James Ineson started for the Pioneers and went the distance yielding 11 hits and five runs. He struck out five and walked two.

The Pioneers didn't score until the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by freshman Robert Griffith and a two-run double by Olszyk.