May 2, 2010
The Sacred Heart baseball team finished the weekend taking three-of-four games from FDU with a 15-4 rout Sunday afternoon. Senior Jeff Heppner (Aqubogue, NY) hit two homers while Rob Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY) drove in four runs in the victory. Troy Scribner (Washington Depot, CT) picked up the win on the mound for the Pioneers, tossing seven innings while allowing five hits and striking out seven batters.
Sacred Heart (21-21, 12-8 NEC) scratched out an early run in the top of the first as back-to-back fielding errors by the Knights allowed Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA), who walked earlier in the frame, to score and give SHU a 1-0 edge. The Pioneers would blow the game open starting in the top of the third as they strung together four consecutive hits to start the frame and Mike Olszyk (Hamden, CT) provided a two-run double to make it 5-0. A sacrifice fly from Rocco Gondek (Glastonbury, CT) would push the lead to 6-0 with FDU still to bat in the third.
Fairleigh Dickinson (10-30, 5-15 NEC) starter Cadigan would go no further than the third, allowing five earned runs in his three innings of work. Six more Knight hurlers would all pitch one inning in relief to carry FDU to the end of the afternoon.
The Pioneers struck for four more runs in the bottom of the fourth as Tedesco launched a two-run homer immediately following a Mike Drowne (South Hadley, MA) leadoff walk. Heppner followed that with a solo shot of his own and later in the inning MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) drew a bases loaded walk to make it a 10-0 affair.
The Knights tried to get back in the game after finally reaching Scribner for two runs in the bottom of the sixth with a two-out RBI double. SHU immediately retaliated with three more runs in the top of the seventh. After the first two batters reached to start the inning Griffith launched a three-run bomb to center field to make it 13-2. FDU again scratched out two runs in the next half inning to cut the lead to single digits at 13-4, SHU.
The Pioneers would add an insurance run in each of the next two innings and relief pitcher Chris Dioniso (Smithtown, NY) tossed two solid innings to close the door on the Knights.
Sacred Heart returns to action next weekend as they travel to Wagner for a four-game Northeast Conference series.