Baseball Drops 5-3 Decision to Wagner

May 8, 2009

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TRUMBULL, CT - The Sacred Heart baseball team worked out eight walks from Wagner College pitching but all eight were stranded on base as the Seahawks hung on for a 5-3 win against the Pioneers Friday night in a Northeast Conference game.

Wagner College starter Matt Watson tied his career high with seven walks, including walking the bases full in the fifth inning, but worked out of trouble all night. He left after six innings with his team leading 4-1.

The Seahawks, 25-14 overall and 13-7 in the NEC, scored single runs off SHU starter Chris Barthel in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings. Catcher Chris Drechsel led the rallies with three hits, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI.

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the third, the Pioneers got on the board in the bottom of the third on an RBI double from senior Phil Tantillo that plated Mike Drowne, who had singled with two outs.

The game was ultimately decided in the fifth inning when Watson walked three batters to fill the bases with Pioneers with one out. The junior, who raised his record to 8-1 with the win, struck out Tyler Santos and Jeff Heppner with the sacks full to end the threat.

Wagner got an insurance run off reliever Matt Fitton in the ninth on an RBI single bu Jared Gruccio.

Jeff Hanson got the Pioneers a little closer in the bottom of the ninth when he took Wagner's Andrew Huebner deep to left center field for a two-run homer that scored Tantillo in front of him. It was Hanson's tenth of the season and 24th of his career.

Barthel pitched the first eight innings for SHU, allowing four runs, striking out nine and walking one. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 22-23-1 overall and 12-8 in the NEC, putting them in a second-place tie with Monmouth and Mount St. Mary's.

The two teams will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Trumbull High School.