NEW BRITAIN, Conn.— A two-run walk-off single by junior Kyle Oliver in the bottom of the seventh of game two sealed the doubleheader sweep for the Sacred Heart University baseball team over LIU Brooklyn on Friday afternoon.
The Pioneers (16-31,12-12 NEC) commanded the lead early in game one including a five-run fifth inning to win 9-3. The Blackbirds (24-24, 12-12 NEC) rallied to take the lead in the top of the seventh before Oliver's game-winning base knock with two outs gave SHU the 3-2 win in game two.
Game One – SHU 9, LIU 3
The Pioneers got things going the second inning with a pair of runs as senior Dan Schock scored on an errant throw at the plate and co-captain Cody Doyle recorded the safety squeeze bunt to score senior Anthony Capozziello from third base for the 2-0 lead.
SHU recorded another run in the fourth on a RBI single by Doyle with one out to score Schock from second base. The big fifth inning followed as co-captain PJ DeFilippo recorded the RBI double to get things rolling. A passed ball with the bases loaded allowed a run to score before sophomore Stephen Thibault roped the two-RBI single to right centerfield. Matt Sorrento capped the big inning with a RBI single to right field to give SHU the 8-0 cushion.
LIU Brooklyn picked up two runs in the top of the sixth on a RBI hit by pitch and RBI fielder's choice against junior Brent Teller. The lead extended again in the sixth as Capozziello recorded the RBI hit by pitch with the bases loaded. The Blackbirds got one run in during the top half of the seventh to bring the final to 9-3.
SHU outhit LIU Brooklyn 9-7 in the opening game with seven batters contributing a hit. DeFilippo and Schock led the way with two hits each while Doyle and Thibault recorded two RBI apiece.
Teller earned his second straight win with six solid innings on the bump. He allowed two runs on five hits before junior Jackson Aldam finished off the final inning.
Game Two – SHU 3, LIU 2
A monster triple by Elijah Brown in the bottom of the first inning got the Pioneers up early after the big game one win. Freshman Cooper Thompson kept the Blackbirds offense at bay surrendering just two hits over five innings of work. The rookie battled out of two bases-loaded jams in the third and fifth innings to keep the Pioneers ahead.
LIU Brooklyn tied things up at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning on a RBI single by Anthony Warneke with one out. The Blackbirds then opened the seventh with a walk and two straight bunt singles to load the bases. A hit by pitch by redshirt sophomore Jake Frasca allowed the go-ahead run to score for the 2-1 lead.
Down a run into the bottom half of the seventh, freshman Isiah Daubon led off with a walk and advanced to third with one-out on a single by Frasca to help his cause by moving up to second on the trail. With the go-ahead run on second base, Mike Kreiger got Elijah Brown to line out to short with the diving stop by Luis Arias. Oliver then stepped up to the plate and took the 2-2 offering to shallow left field allowing Frasca to score from second base to seal the win.
The top of the order continued to produce for the Pioneers, contributing five of the eight hits in game two. Capozziello recorded a pair of base knocks while Frasca led the way with three hits.
Thompson recorded seven strikeouts in the no-decision, battling through five walks over the five innings. Frasca earned his fourth win in relief pitching the final inning and a third.
SHU concludes its weekend series tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m. from Fordham University. Due to impending weather slated to hit the New Britain area tomorrow, the game will now be at Houlihan Park.