The Sacred Heart Pioneers took care of business against Towson in conference-play this past weekend, sweeping the 3-game series. In Game 1 it was excellent relief pitching by Justin Lauer that locked down the win for SHU. Coming into a jam in the third inning of a tie game, Lauer went on to throw shutout ball over the remaining 4 2/3 innings. While Lauer took care of Towson on the mound, the Sacred Heart offense scratched across a run in the 5th on an RBI single by Spike manning, and another in the 6th to take the game 5-3.
In Game 2, sophomore right-hander, Connor Miller set the tone by striking out the side in the top of the first inning. After allowing a run in the second, Sacred Heart responded in the bottom half, plating 6 runners on doubles by Riley Brown, Steven Bauer and Pat Jackson, and RBI singles by Chris Donato and Justin Squarzini. Miller was dominant allowing just one runner to get to second base over the next 3 innings. Freshman lefty Steven Schilder closed out the win for Sacred Heart, 10-3.
After clinching the series on Saturday, the Pioneers saw an opportunity for a sweep on the horizon Sunday morning. Ryan Cosner was brilliant on the mound for SHU, going 8 strong innings, scattering 6 hits, allowing 1 ER and fanning 4. Towson didn’t see their first runner in scoring position until the 5th. For Towson, Boyd was equally as impressive on the hill. He struck out 9 Sacred Heart batters while walking just 3 and allowing only 4 hits in the complete game effort. The ‘Neers were able to produce a run in the 2nd after a leadoff walk to Kyle Unger and a single by Alex Kossakoski, followed by an RBI ground out by Dylan Lagiglia. “We were able to put together some quality at-bats against a good pitcher, and I’m proud of the guys for handling the bat well in those types of situations”, said manager Clay Caron. An insurance run in the 5th put Sacred Heart up 2-0, after Pat Jackson led off with a double and Lagiglia singled him in for his second RBI of the game. The run proved to be important as Towson rallied in the top half of the ninth. After inheriting the leadoff runner on first, Tom Bonelli came in to lock down the victory. Towson was able to get a run across and load the bases with just one out, but Bonelli came up big retiring the heart of the Towson lineup to record the save. Sacred Heart wins 2-1.