May 3, 2009
HAMDEN, CT - Junior Corey Corcoran (Norwich, CT) gave up just one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings, and senior Ryan Lynch (N. Babylon, NY) picked up his first save of the year, giving up just two hits and an unearned run in 2 2/3, to lead the Sacred Heart baseball team to a 3-2 Northeast Conference victory at Quinnipiac on Sunday. The win puts the Pioneers in a first-place tie with Wagner and Central Connecticut in the Northeasy Conference standings at 12-7.
After three scoreless innings, the Pioneers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, Jeff Heppner and Paul Schmidt ripped consecutive singles. Freshman Robert Griffith drove home Heppner with a single and Schmidt scored on an RBI fielder's choice by Hunter Phillips.
Corcoran, now 2-1, took his shutout into the seventh inning. Ben Farina led off the frame with a single and went to second when Mickey Amanti reached on an error by SHU third baseman Tyler Santos. Ryan Ullrich loaded the bases when he squared for a sacrifice bunt but reached on an infield single. Corcoran got Chris Migani to pop out to Phillips at second base for the first out and was then lifted in favor of Lynch.
Lynch faced Bryn Doyle who lifted a sacrifice fly to right that scored Farina. Lynch walked Brian Monack to re-load the bases, but got Mike Marmo to ground back to the mound for the final out.
The Pioneers got an unearned insurance run in the top of the eighth when Tyler Santos doubled with two outs. He scored on a throwing error by third baseman Doyle on a ball hit by Heppner.
The Bobcats, 14-29 overall and 7-13 in the NEC, made a little noise in the ninth. Migani singled with one out and went to second on a passed ball. Lynch got Doyle to fly out for the second out, but a Monack single to left plated Migani. Marmo was retired on a grounder to third to end the game.
The Pioneers, now 22-22-1 and winners of six of their last seven, will be off until hosting Wagner for a four-game set at Trumbull High School starting Friday.