Baseball Knocks Out 14 Hits In 5-4 Win Over VCU

Matt Aufiero fanned six in earning the win over VCU on Saturday.
Matt Aufiero fanned six in earning the win over VCU on Saturday.

The Sacred Heart University baseball team earned its first win of the season, defeating non-conference host VCU, 5-4, Saturday afternoon. The win evens the Pioneers record at 1-1 while the Rams fall to 4-2

The two squads play the rubber match of the three-game series, Sunday afternoon.

Pitching Lines

  • Matt Aufiero earned the win, throwing 4.2 innings of relief for the Pioneers
  • He entered the game with the bases loaded and one out, and after issuing a walk to the first batter he faced, fanned back-to-back Rams to get out of the inning with SHU leading, 5-2
  • Aufiero finished with six strikeouts on the day
  • Ryan LeMay started for the Pioneers and fanned four in 4.1 innings of work, allowing two runs
  • Mason Delane took the loss for VCU, allowing a run on four hits in 2.2 innings of work
  • Ram pitching fanned eight Pioneers on the day, while walking just two

At the Plate

  • The Pioneers knocked out 14 hits, from eight players, with four doubles on the afternoon
  • Justin Jordan was 4-5 with a stolen base, from the leadoff spot, and scored two runs
  • Rookie Sam Mongelli went 3-5, with two doubles and scored a run
  • Joey Skarad's hit was a double, and he drove in a pair of runs
  • Jake Frasca was 2-4, with two RBI
  • Tyler Locklear was the lone Ram with multiple hits, going 2-4 with an RBI
  • Four VCU players drove in a run in the loss

How it Happened

  • Jordan led off the game with a double to left field, advanced to third on a ground out by Isiah Daubon and scored when Frasca singled through shortstop
  •  Mongelli and Danny Glendon singled with one out and came around to score when Karad laced a double to deep center field, for the 3-0 lead
  • Jordan singled in the next at back to score Skarad and would come around to score three batters later on a Frasca single to right field
  • VCU got two runs back in the fifth, without a hit, as they had three batters hit by pitch and two walks, making the score 5-2
  • Hunter Vay led off the home seventh with a solo homerun to make the score 5-3 and Steven Carpenter sac fly in the bottom of the ninth made the score 5-4
  • Aufiero fanned Hogan Brown to close out the Pioneers win