Pioneers Take Third Straight From LIU, 13-9

April 19, 2009

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BRIDGEPORT, CT - Freshman Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) had three hits and six RBI to help the Sacred Heart baseball team outlast Long Island University 13-9 on Sunday. The win was the third straight over the Blackbirds and moved the Pioneers into a third-place tie the Northeast Conference standings at 6-5.

Sacred Heart, 15-19-1 overall, scored five times in the first inning off LIU starter Blake Crouch. The Pioneers used four straight singles to start the frame, including RBI knocks by Jeff Hanson and Tyler Santos. Phillips drove home two runs with a single to right with two outs. Crouch was lifted with two outs in the inning. Andy Yawger came in and got the final out.

LIU, 9-25, tied the game in the top of the second with five unearned runs on three hits. The runs were set up when Hanson bobbled a grounder to first putting two runners on with no one out. SHU starter Corey Corcoran got the next batter to foul out to the catcher but then walked Tyler Jones to load the bases. The first run scored on a sacrifice fly by Mike Tinneny, a ball that would have been the third out of the inning without the error. The big blow came off the bat of designated hitter Greg DiSantis, a bases loaded double that chased home three runs.

The Blackbirds took a 9-7 lead in the third thanks to a Jones sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Tinneny. The lead was a brief one as SHU scored four times off Yawger in the bottom of the inning. Phillips again had the big shot of the inning with a two-run double. Yawger was lifted with four runs in in favor of John Slootmaker, who got the final two outs.

Junior Matt Fitton took the mound to start the fourth for the Pioneers and gave up and unearned run. A single by DiSantis followed by an errant pickoff throw and two passed balls put the Blackbirds back within one at 9-8.

The Pioneer bats continued to cook and produced three runs in the bottom of the fourth to open the lead up to 12-8. Phillips had another two-run double and junior Steve Tedesco drove home the second baseman with a single to left.

Fitton settled down and kept the Blackbirds off the scoreboard for the next four innings, allowing just three hits. In the meantime, SHU scored once more off Slootmaker in the seventh when Hanson tripled with two outs and scored on a single by Santos.

Freshman Mike Olszyk pitched the ninth for the Pioneers and gave up a run on two hits. Fitton moved to 5-2 with the victory.