The Sacred Heart University baseball team wrapped up its North Carolina trip on Tuesday afternoon, suffering a 9-0 setback to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The Pioneers will continue Spring Break play with the Swing and Swine Tournament that will take them to Mt. Pleasant, S.C. for the three-day event scheduled for Friday, March 6 – Sunday, March 8.
- The Pioneers relied on a six-person staff in the midweek battle against the Demon Deacons.
- Suffering his first loss of the season was redshirt senior right hander John Cerretani. The started threw two complete innings allowing five earned runs on six hits and a pair of walks.
- Overall, the Pioneers pitching staff amassed nine strikeouts, with four different pitchers all recording a pair.
- Two middle-relievers combined to throw a pair of scoreless frames for the Pioneers with sophomore southpaw Michael Attonito and rookie right hander David Augfiero throwing scoreless fifth and sixth innings, respectively.
- Earning the victory for the Demon Deacons was Antonio Menendez who pitched five scoreless innings, allowing a single hit and walking two batters. He also struck out a game-best nine batters
At the Plate
- The Pioneers managed to muster just a single hit in the midweek match-up with Wake Forest, that coming as a two out single from third baseman Jake Frasca in the top of the first inning.
- Beyond Frasca's hit, the Pioneers were only able to safely place two other runners on base with centerfielder Justin Jordan and designated hitter Isiah Daubon each earning free passes with Daubon able to advance into scoring position before being stranded on base.
- Leading the Demon Deacons at the plate was second baseman DJ Poteet and centerfielder Derek Crum who each finished with three RBI. All of Poteet's runs came on a three-run home run that was part of a five-run second inning, while Crum drove in the remaining two of his runs in that inning, also on a home run.
- Overall, the Demon Deacons scattered 15 hits across nine different players with third baseman William Simoneit leading the way with three base knocks.
How it Happened
- After a scoreless first inning for both teams, Wake Forest opened up its scoring with a five-run second inning with all of the runs pushed across the plate on home runs. The first three runs came courtesy of a three-run blast to right field from DJ Poteet. Derek Crum would drive in the final two runs on a homer to right center.
- The Demon Deacons added two more insurance runs in the third inning, all after the first two batters were retired in order. Both runs were able to score thanks to a bases loaded double down the left field line off the bat of Michael Turconi.
- Wake Forest would close out the game scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to add to their tally. In the seventh inning it would be Crum again coming through with the RBI as he drove in a lone runner on a double to right center.
In the eighth, the Demon Deacons took advantage of four-straight singles to lead off the frame with