April 18, 2010
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Senior Tommy Meade threw strong seven innings on the hill and went 2-5 at the plate with a pair of RBI to lead the Central Connecticut baseball team to a 9-5 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon.
The win was the third in the four-game weekend series between the teams. Central is now 14-12 overall and 9-7 in the Northeast Conference. The Pioneers fall to 14-19 overall and 5-7 in conference play.
The Pioneers took a 1-0 lead on Meade in the first when Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA) reached on an infield hit, stole second, was sacrificed to third and scored on a sac fly by freshman Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY). Drowne stole a pair of bases in the game and is now perfect in 21 attempts.
The Blue Devils got to SHU starter Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) for four in the top of the third on just two hits. Scribner hit the first batter he faced and walked the second. Sean Miller-Jones loaded the bases with an infield single, and Scribner forced home a run when he hit Sean Allaire. The second run scored on a wild pitch.
Scribner retired the next two batters but Meade helped himself with a two-run double to right. The ball was originally ruled a homerun but was changed when it was decided the ball had hit off the bottom wall rather than the top. The top wall, which sits behind the lower by a couple of feet, is considered out of play and would have been a homer.
Central made it 5-1 with an unearned run in the fifth inning, but SHU got one of their own in the 6th to make it 5-2. SHU's run scored on a double by Rob Griffith that plated Boisture who had reached on a throwing error.
The Pioneers cut the Central lead to one with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 7th. Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) drove one in with a single and the other scored on a ground out by Boisture.
Scribner came back out for the eighth and gave up an infield single to Mitch Wells. He got behind in the count to the next hitter, Pat Epps, who then ripped a long homer to right center to make it 7-4 and end the freshman hurler's day. Meade greeted reliever Mike Olszyk (Hamden, CT) with a single and he would later score on a sacrifice fly to give Central an 8-4 lead.
The Pioneers made a run in the bottom of the frame against reliever Roy Natoli, but an unfortunate bounce stalled the comeback attempt. Jeff Heppner led off by drawing a walk and made it to second when a ball hit by Griffith to third was misplayed to put two on. JJ Edwards (Endwell, NY) singled to left to score Heppner.
Natoli got Olszyk looking but Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) singled to right and loaded the bases. MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) was next and lined a shot up the middle. It glanced off Natoli and deflected to shortstop Allaire who was moving to try and cut the ball off before it got to the outfield. He stepped on second and threw to first for an inning-ending double play.
Kyle Zarotney pitched the ninth for the Blue Devils and got the Pioneers in order to end the game.
SHU is back in action Tuesday at home against URI at 3:30 p.m.