NEW BRITAIN, Conn.— The Sacred Heart baseball team was unable to solve Bryant's pitching staff as the Bulldogs swept the doubleheader on Friday afternoon to split the weekend series. The Bulldogs (28-23, 20-6 NEC) held the Pioneers (18-32, 11-12 NEC) to 11 combined hits at CCSU Baseball Field.
The first contest of the day featured a pitching duel between two southpaws in senior John Sostarich and Bryant's Steven Theetge. Both starters looked solid over the first two frames. Bryant struck first in the top of third inning as Jacob Marotta opened the inning with single up the middle. He would advance to third on a wild pitch and balk by Sostarich. He later scored on a RBI fielder's choice by Mickey Gasper.
Bryant then added three runs in the top of the fourth as James Ciliento roped a two-RBI double to left field. He would score on a Cole Fabio single up the middle. Bryant added its fifth run in the top of the sixth as Jacob Marotta scored as freshman Stephen Thibault sailed a throw to first on the fielder's choice by Nick Angelini. Theetge was dominate on the mound, holding to SHU to two hits over the first five innings.
The Pioneers picked up on the left hander in the bottom of the sixth as they scored the lone run of the game. Senior Ted Shaw roped the ground rule double to left center field to open the innings. Junior Anthony Capozziello followed that up with a single to short putting runners at the corners. Theetge picked up a strikeout, before redshirt junior PJ DeFilippo picked up the RBI on his single through the left side. Bryant escaped the inning with a 5-4-3 double play. Junior Dan Schock led off the ground rule double to left field, but Theetge picked up three of his 12 groundouts to end the game at 5-1 for the Bulldogs.
Capozziello led the Pioneers with two hits in the game. Sostarich took the loss, pitching six and a third innings allowing four earned runs. Graduate Franklin Miller pitched a hitless two third of an inning with one strikeout.
Both teams traded runs in the first inning to open the second game of the afternoon. Jimmy Titus picked up the RBI double for Bryant in the top half of the inning. The Pioneers put up back-to-back singles by Capozziello and Klebart before DeFilippo picked up the RBI single through the left side to tie the game at 1-1.
Bryant threatened with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning but junior James Taubl was able to get Marotta to fly out to escape the jam. After the opening inning, Bulldogs starter Jack Patterson held the Pioneers hitless over the next four innings. The Pioneers changed that in the bottom of the sixth inning as freshman Austin Markmann lined the RBI single to left field to give SHU the 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs answered in the top of the seventh inning on Nick Angelini's RBI double down the left field line off sophomore Jackson Aldam. They then took the lead on Titus' RBI single with the bases loaded off graduate Mike Lembo in the top of the ninth. SHU put both the tying and go-ahead run on in the bottom of the ninth courtesy of back-to-back two out walks by freshman Elijah Brown and Thibault. Bryant brought in their closer Logan Lessard who ended the game with a strikeout to Shaw.
The Pioneers will travel to Albany on Tuesday, May 16 for a non-conference matchup beginning at 3:00 p.m. before closing the regular season with a four-game series at LIU Brooklyn starting Thursday, May 18 at 3:00 p.m.