May 14, 2009
EMMITSBURG, MD - Junior Steve Tedesco (Mission Viejo, CA) was a perfect 5-5 and the Sacred Heart offense launched six homers, including two from senior Tyler Santos (Johnson City, NY) as the Pioneers blitzed Mount St. Mary's 19-6 in a Northeast Conference game Thursday afternoon. The win all but assures the Pioneers a place in the NEC post-season playoffs starting Thursday.
The Pioneers, 26-23-1 and 15-8 in the NEC, got things started right away when senior Jeff Hanson (Woodstock, NY) hit a line drive two-run homer to left in the top of the first, scoring Phil Tantillo (Blue Point, NY) ahead of him. They made it 3-0 in the second when Ryan Lynch (N. Babylon, NY) doubled, went to third on a single by freshman Robert Griffith (Lake Ronkonkoma, NY), and scored on a bunt by Paul Schmidt (Amityville, NY).
The Nount, 21-24 and 13-10, got one back in the bottom of the second on a solo shot by catcher Kyle Kane off starter Chris Barthel (Northford, CT). It was one of four homers The Mount would hit in the game, all of the solo variety.
SHU made it 6-1 in the fourth when Griffith singled and stole second. He scored on a single up the middle by Tedesco. Junior Mike Drowne (South Hadley, MA) then hit his fifth homer of the season to left to drive home Tedesco.
The Mountaineers scored twice in the fifth but the Pioneers answered in the top of the sixth. This time Drowne drove home a run with a triple to center and then scored on a double by Tantillo.
SHU broke it open in the seventh, scoring eight times. Schmidt, Tantillo and Santos all homered in the frame, part of a seven-hit attack.
Barthel surrendered back-to-back homers to the Mount with two outs in the seventh and left in favor of sophomore Matt Fitton. Fitton finished the game with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at noon.