Baseball Falls Late In Opener, 5-3, At VCU

Cooper Thompson
Cooper Thompson

The Sacred Heart University baseball team opened its 2020 season with a 5-3 loss to non-conference host VCU, Friday afternoon. The loss drops the Pioneers to 0-1 on the year, while the Rams improve to 4-1 on the season.

The two teams will continue a three-game set tomorrow, with a 2:00 p.m. first pitch

Pitching Lines

  • John Cerretani started and tossed four innings of one-run ball, 
  • Cooper Thompson took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work
  • Thompson fanned six of the 19 batters he faced
  • Michael Attonito fanned one in 0.2 innings of hitless work
  • Danny Watson allowed two runs on four hits, but earned the win after working the eighth for VCU
  • Evan Chenier fanned one and walked one in earning the save for the Rams

At the Plate

How it Happened

  • The Rams took an early lead, as Paul Witt walked and came around to score following back-to-back hits from Tyler Locklear and Liam Hibbits
  • The Pioneers plated their first run of the season in the top of the third, when Elijah Brown led off with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Bobby Garbuio was caught stealing
  • Steven Carpenter led off the home sixth with a single, as the Rams loaded the bases with no outs 
  • Carpenter scored on a Alex Aguila sacrifice bunt, for a 2-1 lead
  • Jordan and Stephen Thibault led off the top of the eighth with singles, putting runners on the corner
  • Jordan scored on an attempted double steal, tying the game 2-2
  • Frasca got the Pioneers offense going again with a two-out single, and Oliver followed with a walk
  • Porrino drove in Frasca with a single to center, and the Pioneers lead 3-2
  • VCU plated three runs in the bottom of the inning, taking the lead, 5-3
  • Evan Chenier tossed the ninth for VCU, to earn the save