Ninth inning rally comes up just short as Pioneers drop 8-7 decision to Purdue Fort Worth in final game of the Swing and Swine Tournament. With the loss, Sacred Heart falls to 5-7 overall while the Mastodons improve to 5-9.
The Pioneers will head back north, but not back to the Fairfield Campus as they will take a detour to Wappingers Falls, N.Y. and take the field at the home of the Hudson Valley Renegades, Dutchess Park for a single midweek game against Manhattan. First pitch in the non-conference battle is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11.
- Suffering the loss in a staff pitching day for the Pioneers was freshman righty Jack Kramer who threw three early innings of relief. Overall, Kramer was tagged with allowing four earned runs on three this and three walks.
- Kramer was one of five total pitchers used by Sacred Heart with redshirt senior right hander Brent Teller starting and pitching the first inning where he allowed a single run on two hits and two walks.
- Pioneers closer Brendan Coffey put up the best numbers of the day, pitching a scoreless ninth inning while surrendering a single hit and striking out one batter, part of four total K's for the enter Sacred Heart staff.
- Earning the victory for Purdue Fort Wayne was Justin Miller who threw five innings and allowed a single run on two hits and four walks, while striking out nine batters. Alex Evenson also earned his first save of the season, coming in after three runs had been scored in the bottom of the ninth inning to close things out.
At the Plate
- For the game, Sacred Heart scattered eight total hits, while surrendering 14 to the Mastodons. The Pioneers eight total hits came from six different players.
- Leading the Pios at the plate on the day was Jake Frasca who drove in three runs on his only hit of the day, a three-run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning that cut the Mastodons lead to a single run.
- Leadoff batter, centerfielder Justin Jordan and right fielder Emerson each finished with two hits on the day, while making five appearances at the plate. Of the duo, Emerson also drove in a run.
- Stephen Thibault rounded out those Pioneers with an RBI on the day as he finished with a single hit in three at bats.
How it Happened
- The Mastodons struck first in the top of the first inning when with two outs, a walk issued to Garett Lake turned problematic for SHU. That walk was followed by back-to-back singles, the latter of which was a shot up the middle from Drew Reich drove in Lake and added the first notch on the board.
- In the bottom of the frame, the Pioneers would even the score using a double steal. Justin Jordan led off the inning with a single to center field which was followed by a walk and fielder's choice that left runners at the corners. That when Jordan swiped home, taking advantage on the throw down as Jake Frasca took off for second.
- After a scoreless second inning for both teams, Purdue Fort Wayne added runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to extend its lead to 7-1 at the midway point.
- The Mastodons began that rally with a pair of runs in the third inning with both scoring on the same play. With the bases loaded and one out Lucas Kolovitz fired a shot at the second baseman which was mishandled allowing the runners at second and third to score.
- A single run in the fourth inning for PFW came courtesy of Garett Lake again, this time as he earned the RBI on a two-out double to center field which scored Aaron Chapman who got on board with a single through the left side before swiping second base.
- Purdue Fort Wayne added three more runs to its tally in the fifth inning. With a new pitcher on the mound for Sacred Heart, the Mastodons didn't need long to adjust with a single from Lucas Kolovitz in the first at bat for the new hurler. Two more singles would drive in the Mastodons runs with a one-out, one RBI single to center from Andrew Lawvere and a two-out two RBI single to centerfield from Aaron Chapman.
- Following a pitching change for Purdue Fort Wayne that brought in right handed William Wentz, the Pioneers began a rally in the bottom of the sixth with the first three batters all reaching safely. The third batter in the inning, right fielder Joe Emmerson, smacked a single to center field which scored Kyle Oliver who led off the inning with a seven-pitch walk. After the Mastodons managed a double play ball to retire two, Sam Mongelli scored on a wild pitch, again cutting into the PFW lead.
- The Mastodons managed to get one of those runs back in the seventh inning using a two-out rally that began with a double to left field Andrew Lawvere. Two batters later he was driven home by Aaron Chapman on the third straight hit for PFW, a single through the left side.
- Sacred Heart would cut the deficit down to four with a single run in the eighth inning, taking advantage of the leadoff batter, Sam Mongelli, reaching on a fielding error. After he stole second and advanced to third on a groundout, he scored easily thanks to a single through the left side off the bat of Stephen Thibault.
- In a last ditch effort in the bottom of the ninth, the first three Pioneers reached safely with the leadoff batter Justin Jordan starting it off with a single through the right side. After the next batter was hit by a pitch, Jake Frasca drilled his second home run of the season down the left field line to make it a one run game.
- After a pair of pitching changes for the Mastodons, Sacred Heart would strand the game-tying run on board after Alex Evenson came out of the pen and retired the three batters he faced in order for his first save.