Stony Brook, NY- After coming off of a huge conference series win the Sacred Heart University Club Baseball team traveled to Long Island, New York to take on Stony Brook University. The Pioneers would split the double header against the Seawolves losing the first game 6-2 and winning the second game 4-2.
The Pioneers offense hit a cold streak during the first game of the double header. Stony Brooks starting pitcher Marallo silenced the usual hot bats. Bradley Zsampar, Michael Goff, and Peter Minore all recorded hits while Senior Justin Squarzini continued his hot hitting with a two hit performance. Senior Nasir Rashad got the nod for his first career start as a Pioneer pitching efficiently enough to earn a win but the Pioneers defense made some key mistake that took them out of the game. Rashad would pitch three and two thirds inning of baseball surrendering five runs two earned on five hits with three hit batsman and two walks. The senior was relieved by freshman ace Patrick Kannaley who made his second appearance out of the Pioneer bullpen this year. He would throw the last three and a third innings giving up one hit while striking out four batters surrendering one unearned run on one hit. The Pioneers would go on to drop their first non-conference game of the year after previously winning their last five non-conference contests.
The Pioneers avenged their game one lost behind a solid performance from sophomore righty Max Morrill. Morrill would throw five innings of 3 hit baseball giving up two unearned runs while only walking one batter. He received help from his teammates at the plate, as the Pioneers were able to secure an early lead and never let it go. Sophomore Bradley Zsampar scored two runs for the Pioneers while Jeremiah Bravo led the hitting parade with two hits and a run. Utility man Peter Minore enjoyed another productive day at the plate going two for four with a single, double, and an RBI. Luis Fernandez jumped back into the Pioneers lineup after missing the last 6 games due to injury with a run, a single, and a stolen base. Freshman Shane Del Rosario also recorded a hit and an RBI to round out the Pioneers offense.
The Pioneers will welcome conference opponent Northeastern University and non-conference cross town rival Fairfield University to Veterans Memorial Park this weekend for a pair of nine inning games. The Pioneers are trying to avoid a season sweep against Northeastern after dropping a pair of games to them in the fall season. Freshman Patrick Kannaley will get the ball against the Huskies on Saturday at 10 am. Sunday’s game against Fairfield University will begin at 11 am.