April 20, 2007
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Senior Chris Howard (Ghent, NY) scattered six hits, striking out four, to lead the Sacred Heart University baseball team to a 10-0 Northeast Conference win over visiting Long Island University Friday afternoon. The win raised the Pioneer record to 14-17 overall and 5-3 in the NEC.
The Pioneers jumped on LIU started James Jones for four runs in the first inning. Freshman Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) led off with a single, followed by a walk by junior Jovan Rodriguez (Bronx, NH). Bobby McKee (Massapequa, NY) sacrificed to advance both runners. Tedesco then scored on a Jones wild pitch.
Jones walked Jeff Hanson (Woodstock, NY) and on ball four threw the ball away, allowing Rodriguez to come home with the second run. Senior Jason Maiella (N. Haledon, NJ) appeared to fly out to right field but the home plate umpire charged LIU catcher Chris Kievit with catcher's interference, allowing Maiella to reach. Senior Rob Tencza (Meriden, CT) then plated both runs with a double to left center.
Sacred Heart would score twice more in the second, one of the runs coming home on a sacrifice fly by McKee. The Pioneers would actually score in each of the first six innings to build the 10-0 lead.
Five different players would finish with a pair of hits for the Pioneers, including Hanson who raised his season average to a lofty .394.
Howard walked six batters in the game in addition to yielding the six hits, but only one LIU batter reached third base in the game. The win raised Howard's record to 6-3 and lowered his ERA to a career best 2.68.
Jones took the loss for the Blackbirds, now 7-21 overall and 2-6 in the conference.