Pioneers Finish Regular Season with Loss at Columbia

Pioneers Finish Regular Season with Loss at Columbia

New York, NY – The Sacred Heart Pioneers let up seven runs in the final two innings to fall to Columbia, 9-2, snapping the Pioneers' 12 game win streak, Monday afternoon at Robertson Field in New York City.  SHU finishes the regular season with a record of 32-22 overall and 23-9 in the Northeast Conference. The 32 regular season wins is the most in program history.

Senior John Murphy (Seymour, CT) went 2 for 4 on the afternoon, and is now just seven hits shy of the all-time hits record at Sacred Heart.

Columbia got on the board first in the second inning. Third baseman David Vandercook doubled down the right field line to score Aaron Silbar, giving Columbia the 1-0 lead. Vandercook would come around to score the Lions second run on a throwing error by Sacred Heart as they attempted to end the inning with a double play.

Sacred Heart battled back in the sixth inning, tying it up at two apiece. Senior Dave Boisture (Highland Mills, NY) led off the rally with a walk. Freshman Brian Lamboy (Manalapan, NJ) followed Boisture with a rope down the left field line that was bobbled by the left fielder to allow Boisture to score all the way from first. Lamboy settled in on second base with a double. Lamboy advanced to third on a base hit by junior designated hitter Dan Perez (Seymour, CT), and then scored on a bunt base hit by freshman Jesus Medina (New York, NY).
Columbia scored a couple more runs in the seventh and then five in the eighth to close the door on Sacred Heart. SHU pitching allowed four walks and one hit by pitch in Columbia's five run eighth inning.  

In the seventh, cleanup hitter Joey Falcone laced a fastball into the gap in left center to score Jordan Serena and Gus Craig, making it 4-2 Columbia.

In the eighth, Serena would knock in a couple of his own with a base hit to left field.

Junior left hander Nick Leiningen (Millwood, NY) pitched two scoreless relief innings for Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart is the two seed in this week's Northeast Conference Tournament and will face the third seeded Monmouth Hawks on Thursday afternoon in Lakewood, New Jersey.