The Sacred Heart University baseball team (3-6) stranded the game-tying run on base in the ninth inning, dropping a 7-5 decision to the Longwood Lancers (4-10) in its opening game of the Swing and Swine Tournament.
The Pioneers will continue the three-day, four-game tournament with a second game on the day when they take on Ball State with first pitch slated for 7:30 p.m.
- Both teams relied on a trio of pitchers against the Pioneers with righty Ryan LaMay starting and earning the decision on the bump. Throwing a game-high 105 pitches, LaMay was tagged with six runs, all earned, on four six hits and four walks. He also struck out five batters.
- Early relief for the Pioneers came from junior right hander Thomas Pinto, who in just two innings match Lamay's team-high five strikeouts, while allowing a single earned run on two hits.
- Closing out the game for Sacred Heart was sophomore southpaw Michael Attonito who threw a hitless ninth inning, striking out two of the four total batters he faced.
- Earning the victory for Longwood was senior Josh Longabaugh who pitched 2.1 innings of relief, surrendering two hits, but kept the Pioneers off the board.
- Lancers starter, redshirt sophomore Maceo Campbell, was tagged with the four runs scored by Sacred Heart, all registered as earned, giving up four hits and three walks.
At the Plate
- Sacred Heart scattered eight hits across six players with Jake Frasca and Danny Glendon leading the way with two hits apiece. The two hits for Glendon was his first multi-hit game of the season while he was one of four players who all drove in a single run.
- Also driving in runs for the Pioneers was Kyle Oliver, Isiah Daubon and Joey Skarad who all finished the game 1-of-3 at the plate, while Oliver and Daubon also scored a run.
- Rounding out those who reached base by way of a base knock was Justin Jordan who finished 1-of-4 with a run scored and a walk out of the leadoff position in the lineup.
- Among the Pioneers eight total hits was one for extra bases, which was a double to centerfield by Skarad which drove in the final run of a four-run fourth inning for the Pios.
- Three different Lancers led Longwood at the plate, each finishing with a pair of hits, Cullan Wadsworth, Ricky Jimenez and Michael Peterson, all of which had an extra base hit among their tally, doubles from Jimenez and Peterson and a triple for Wadsworth.
How it Happened
- Longwood didn't waste much time, plating four runs across the first two innings, including a three-run first inning.
- The Lancers opened up the game with their first four batters all reaching safely on a leadoff single, a pair of walks and a single through the right side from Andrew Gorham that plated two runs, putting the Lancers ahead early. After the first out was recorded, Drayven Kowalski came through with a fly ball to left field that drove in the final run of the inning.
- After the Pioneers stranded a runner on in the bottom of the first, the Lancers added one more run in the second with Michael Peterson opening up the rally with a one-out double to left centerfield. After advancing on a wild pitch, he was able to score on an infield groundout with Jack Schnell earning the RBI.
- Longwood added one more run before the Pioneers could break into the scoring column. Ricky Jimenez would manufacture his own run, leading off the inning with a double down the left field line. After he advanced on an unassisted putout to the pitcher, he took advantage of his speed, stealing home to make it a 5-0 lead.
- Sacred Heart would answer with four runs in the bottom of the fourth, making it a one-run game. The Pioneers opened up the frame with their first five batters reaching safely on a pair of singles, a walks and a throwing error. The second single of the inning, off the bat of Isiah Daubon, traveled through the right side of the infield and was deep enough for Jake Frasca to score from second. The rally continued thanks to a throwing error by the Lancers pitcher that plated Kyle Oliver and allowed Joe Emerson to reach safely with runners on the corners.
- Danny Glendon drove in the third run of the inning with the third hit of the frame, a single to left field that scored Daubon. The final run came with one out in the books when Joey Skarad double to centerfield, driving in Glendon.
- The Lancers managed to get two of the runs back in the seventh inning, taking a 7-4 lead. Longwood began the inning with three-straight hits, a single, a triple and a double with the two extra base hits providing the RBI's. The three-bagger came off the bat of Cullen Wadsworth, while Schnell drove in his second run of the day with his double down the right field.
- Sacred Heart would make an attempt at coming back in the bottom of the ninth, getting one run across the plate while stranding two runners in scoring position, including the game-tying tally. Driving in the final run for the Pioneers was Oliver, doing so on a single to centerfield.