Pioneers Fall In Doubleheader At Wagner To End Season

Pioneers Fall In Doubleheader At Wagner To End Season

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.— The Sacred Heart University baseball team fell to Wagner College in a doubleheader to conclude the 2018 season on Friday. 

The Seahawks (36-16, 21-7 NEC) rallied late to take game one 5-4 in walk-off fashion. The Pioneers (17-35, 12-16 NEC) jumped out to the early lead but it was the home team that took the series sweep at Richmond County Ballpark with a 3-1 win in game two.

Game One – Wagner 5, SHU 4

SHU got a big jolt to kick off the game as senior Dan Schock recorded his league-leading 13th home run of the season with a two-run blast to left field for the 2-0 lead in the first.

The Pioneers picked up another run in the fifth as sophomore Stephen Thibault reached on a fielding error and advanced to third on a wild pitch. That set up classmate Austin Markmann to line the 2-2 single up the middle for the 3-0 lead. 

Senior James Taubl held the potent Wagner offense in check till the sixth inning as the home team recorded two singles and a walk to load the bases. Kyle Cala drove in the first run with a RBI single to short before Phil Capra lifted the sacrifice fly to center field to bring the score to 3-2. A fielding error allowed the Seahawks to tie the game at three all.

SHU responded with back to back singles to lead off the top of the seventh as freshman Isiah Daubon and redshirt sophomore Jake Frasca put runners on the corners and no outs. The Pioneers executed a double steal as Daubon crossed the plate on the delay to bring the score to 4-3.

The Pioneers would take that lead into the bottom of the ninth inning but a one-out double by Nick Mascelli allowed Sean Mazzio to score from first to tie the game at 4-4. A pair of intentional walks loaded the bases before freshman Cooper Thompson recorded a strikeout for the second out. Joe Silverstrone recorded a single to third just beating out the throw for the game-winning run to cross the plate.

Sophomore Elijah Brown led SHU with three hits at the plate and swiping two stolen bases in game one. Schock recorded two hits including his first inning blast and a double. 

Taubl recorded the no-decision in his final start on the bump for the Pioneers. He surrendered two earned runs while scattering eight hits in six and a third innings. Thompson suffered the loss pitching the final two and a third innings.

Game Two -Wagner 3, SHU 1

Both teams were quiet to start game two recording two hits each through the first three innings of the game.

SHU finally got going in the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Daubon stepped to the plate and delivered a RBI single to right field to drive in co-captain PJ DeFilippo for the 1-0 lead. The Seahawks struck back in the sixth inning as Mascelli recorded a sacrifice fly for the first out of the inning to tie it at 1-1.

Wagner broke the tie ball game in the bottom of the eighth, advancing runners to second and third with one out. Freddy Sabido picked up the go-ahead two-RBI single up the middle to put the Seahawks on top 3-1.

Seven different Pioneers contributed a hit in the second game of the doubleheader as both teams recorded seven hits each. 

Freshman Matt Aufiero earned the start in game two, pitching a scoreless four and two-third innings. Sophomore Brendan Coffey suffered the loss surrendering two runs in the eighth. Redshirt-junior Nick Rubino pitched a scoreless inning of relief to end the game.

The Pioneers end the season 17-35 and 12-16 in the Northeast Conference.