The Sacred Heart University baseball team dropped its first game of its North Carolina trip on Sunday afternoon, suffering a 9-5 setback to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Pioneers will play one more against the Demon Deacons on Tuesday before heading to South Carolina for the Swing and Swine Tournament. First pitch under the lights is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
- The Pioneers relied on just two pitchers in the first of two meetings against Wake Forest with right handed junior pitcher Cooper Thompson suffering his second loss of the season.
- The starter pitched just 2.2 innings but was tagged with six earned runs on eight hits. He also struck out three batters.
- Another junior right hander would close out the game for the Pioneers as Thomas Pinto was relied on for 5.1 innings of work. Overall, Pinto allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits and a walk. He also struck out three for six total from the Pioneers staff on the day.
- Earning the win for the Demon Deacons was Bobby Hearn who threw the first three inning, facing 10 total batters. Hearn surrendered a single hit and struck out four.
At the Plate
- Overall, the Pioneers scattered six hits, held to just two hits through the first seven innings.
- All six of hits came from different players with the biggest of the day a leadoff home run out of the nine hole from Bobby Garbuio which sparked a two-run eighth inning. He would also reach base safely in two other at bats on a walk and when he was hit by a pitch.
- Following up Garbuio's home run were back-to-back singles from Justin Jordan and Stephan Thibault, the only back-to-back base knocks of the day for the Pioneers.
- Redshirt-senior outfielder Kyle Oliver accounted for one of the remaining Sacred Heart hits, his a single in the ninth that knocked in one of three runs in that inning.
How it Happened
- After stranding one runner on in the first inning, the Deacons opened up their scoring plating five runs in the bottom of the second courtesy of five hits, three of which went for extra bases. DJ Poteet would open up the scoring on the day when he drove in the first run on a double to center field which scored Shane Muntz after he led off the inning with a single to right.
- The second run of the inning for Wake Forest came on a sacrifice fly from left fielder Derek Crum, while Michael Turconi turned the lineup over to the top of the order and knocked in the third run on a double to left field which plated Poteet, returning the favor from earlier in the inning.
- The Deacons kept the two-out scoring rally alive when catcher Brendan Tinsman drilled a home run to left field that drove in Turconi.
- Wake Forest would add a sixth run to their tally in the third inning with another long ball, this one a solo blast from Muntz that floated over the fence just down the left field line.
- With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, the Deacons struck again plating a single run on a groundout from right fielder Chris Lanzilli.
- Wake Forest kept the scoring streak going into a fourth inning when it added an eighth run on the day in the fifth inning with the Deacons third home run of the afternoon, the second from Muntz a leadoff solo shot to left with no count.
- The long balls continued in the eighth inning, this time in favor of the Pioneers as Garbuio drilled a leadoff shot with an 0-1 count to right field, his first long ball of the year.
- Sacred Heart would get the benefit of a Wake Forest error to score their second run of the inning when Thibault singled to second base but a throwing error by the second baseman allowed Jordan to score all the way from second.
- Wake Forest managed to take one of those runs back in the bottom of the eighth thanks to a double to right center from Tinsman.
- The Pioneers would put a strong effort into a ninth inning comeback but come up short, plating three runs before all was said and done. The first provided Jordan an RBI as he worked a five-pitch walk with the bases loaded.
- After the Deacons managed to secure the first out of the inning, Jake Frasca sacrificed himself swinging on the first pitch lifting a ball into center field that allowed Anthony Porrino to score.
- A single to shallow left center with two runners in scoring position resulted in one RBI and the final run of the game for the Pioneers after a groundout ended the inning.