May 12, 2009
BRONX, NY - Senior Tyler Santos (Johnson City, NY) had a pair of hits and three RBI, while junior Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) stole three bases and scored four runs to help the Sacred Heart baseball team defeat Fordham 15-8 Tuesday night.
The win raised the Pioneer record to 25-23-1, just one win off the school's Division I record of 26. SHU has won 9 of its last 11 games. Fordham falls to 19-30.
Senior Jeff Hanson (Woodstock, NY) got things going in the first with an RBI double that drove home Tedesco. It was Hanson's 200th hit of his career - just the third player in school history to hit that mark. Jeff Heppner extended his single-season RBI record to 55 when he knocked Hanson home with a single to give SHU a 2-0 lead.
The Pioneers broke it open with a seven-run second inning and took a 9-0 lead. Sophomore catcher Greg DePalma (Wantagh, NY) got things started with a single and MJ Schifano (Monroe, NY) followed with a walk. Junior Mike Drowne (S. Hadley, MA) chased DePalma home with a double, and Tedesco drove home another with a bunt single. Drowne scored on a wild pitch and, after Hanson walked, Santos drove home Tedesco to make it 6-0. Freshman Hunter Phillips (Monroe, CT) drove home a run with a single and DePalma, in his second at bat of the inning, drove home the other two with a single to right center.
The Pioneers scored two more in the third to make it 11-0, and another in the fourth to make it 12-0 on a Phillips RBI double.
Fordham finally got to freshman SHU starter Bobby Shepherd (Groton, CT) for a run in the bottom of the fourth and then roughed him up in the fifth, scoring five times. Shepherd left with two outs in the inning in favor of freshman James Ineson (Milford, CT). Ineson worked 3 1/3, allowing two runs and two hits, and was credited with the win to even his record at 2-2.
SHU will close out the regular season with four games at Mount St. Mary's starting on Thursday. The Pioneers need to win one of the four Northeast Conference games to clinch a post-season tournament berth. All four games will be available online through Stretch Internet and SacredHeartPioneers.com.