May 16, 2009
EMMITSBURG, MD - Kyle Kane drove home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Tommy Flynn provided some insurance as the Mount St. Mary's baseball team tripped up Sacred Heart 10-6 on Saturday afternoon.
The loss dropped Sacred Heart to 27-25-1 overall and 16-10 in the Northeast Conference. The Pioneers will have to wait until the conclusion of the rest of the NEC schedule on Sunday to find out their seed for the NEC Tournament that starts Sunday in New Britain. The win lifted The Mount to 15-11 in the conference. They will likely be the #4 seed in the tournament, unless Central Conneticut sweeps Monmouth in three games this weekend.
The game was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings. SHU starter Corey Corcoran (Norwich, CT) and Mount starter Mike Matta each allowed just two hits through the first five and the Mountaineers held a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Matta in the second.
The Pioneers exploded for five runs in the six inning, all with two outs. Jeff Heppner walked and Mike Olszyk singled to put two on before freshman Robert Griffith lined a three-run homer to left to make it 3-1. Steve Tedesco started it again with a hustle double to left and MJ Schifano launched a deep homer to center to give the Pioneers a 5-1 lead.
The Mount answered with three of their own in the bottom of the inning on a solo homer by catcher Kane and a two-run shot from freshman first baseman Josh Winter that cut the SHU lead to 5-4.
Phil Tantillo led off the seventh with a home run to left that pushed the lead back to 6-4. The Mount scored three times off reliever Chris Zaccherio in the bottom of the seventh on RBI singles by Matt Staso and Kane, and an RBI fielder's choice by Flynn.
Flynn took reliever Olszyk deep with two outs in the eighth to provide the insurance runs.