April 28, 2007
EMMITSBURG, MD - Senior Jason Maiella clubbed his second homer of the season and drove in four runs, while senior hurler Jay Monti threw a complete game for his seventh win of the year as the Sacred Heart baseball team defeated Mount St. Mary's 13-2 in the opening game of a Northeast Conference doubleheader Saturday. The Mount came back to take game two, 4-2.
The Pioneers, 19-20 overall and 9-5 in the NEC, scored six times in the first innings of the opener in support of Monti. Jeff Hanson, who drove in three runs in the game, plated the first with a single. Rob Tencza drove home the second with an RBI single. Sophomore Phil Tantillo doubled to plate two more.
The only blemish on Monti's ledger in the game was a two-run homer by Matt Eiden in the third inning. Other than that, Monti allowed just six hits, struck out five and walked just one to move to 7-2.
Maiella put the finishing touches on the game with a grand slam homer in the sixth inning, his second round-tripper of the season.
In the second game, Tantillo gave the Pioneers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with his first homer of the season. The Mount rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the inning, however. Joe Hayes singled to left center field to open the inning. Matt Trusch followed with a bunt that was misplayed by the Sacred Heart third baseman to put runners on first and second with no outs.
Justus Yocum then placed a bunt single to load the bases for Eiden, who blooped a single behind first base to tie the score. Drew Counselman's sacrifice fly gave the Mount the lead and Josh Vittek added an RBI single to right to make the score 3-1. A wild pitch by Sacred Heart starter Rob Tencza provided the final run.
The Pioneers rallied in the seventh when Tencza led off with a home run to left and Frank Baines walked. Mount closer Mike Matta, however, got a strikeout and a ground-ball double-play to end the game for his sixth save of the season.
The loss dropped Tencza to 4-3 on the year.
The two teams will complete the series Sunday at noon. Freshman Jared Balbach will get the start for the Pioneers.