April 14, 2007
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Senior hurler Jay Monti (Marlboro, NY) allowed just three hits and one run in throwing a complete game to help the Sacred Heart University baseball team defeat Fairleigh Dickinson, 9-1, in the first game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon. A Jay Maiella (N. Haledon, NJ) single with the bases loaded and no one out in the eighth inning gave the Pioneers the sweep with a 3-2 victory.
FDU got its lone run in the opener in the top of the first inning when Chris Grabowski led off the game with a triple to right center. He scored on a ground out Jeff Vincent. Grabowski had the only three hits off Monti in the game.
The Pioneers tied the game in the second inning when Rob Tencza (Meriden, CT) tripled to lead off the frame. He later scored on a wild pitch by FDU starter John Meadus.
SHU opened the game up with six runs in the fourth inning, chasing Meadus. Tencza led off the frame with a single, followed by a walk to Frank Bainer (Prospect, CT). Shortstop Phil Tantillo then laid down a sacrifice bunt for the Pioneers to advance the runner. Justin Mulrain followed with an RBI single over a drawn-in infield to make it 2-1. Freshman Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) made it 3-0 with a single through the right side, and Jovan Rodriguez (Bronx, NY) drove in two more with a triple to right.
Junior Jeff Hanson (Woodstock, NY) finished the game with three hits for the Pioneers to raise his season average to .383. Monti, who improved to 5-2 with the win, struck out four without issuing a walk.
Meadus took the loss and fell to 2-3.
FDU, 7-23, took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning of the second game on a solo homer to left by Vincente Medina. SHU got the run back in the bottom of the inning on Hanson's third blast of the season.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, FDU starter John O'Hara gave up a single to Rodriguez and then walked McKee. After a wild pitch, O'Hara intentionally walked Hanson to load the bases. He then hit Maiella with the sacks full to tie the game at 2-2.
Ben Green came on in relief for the Knights in the seventh and threw a scoreless inning. In the eighth he allowed back-to-back singles to Rodriguez and McKee and then hit Hanson on an 0-1 count to load the bases. Maiella lifted a fly ball single of the head of the drawn in outfield to win the game for the Pioneers.
Tencza went the route on the mound for the Pioneers to improve to 3-2 on the season. He allowed just five hits, striking out one and walking one.