LAUER, LAGIGLIA SAVE THE DAY, LEAD SHU TO 3-1 VICTORY
When Sacred Heart’s starting pitcher, Cody Campson, had to leave the game after just 2.1 innings of work, the ‘Neers turned to right-hander Justin Lauer to get out of a jam. Already up 1-0, Hofstra was threatening again with runners on second and third with only one out in the bottom half of the third. Lauer came in and immediately induced two groundballs to leave the runners stranded. Over the next four innings, Lauer would allow only one hit while striking out 4, eliminating any chance of a threat offensively for Hofstra. Despite the solid pitching, Sacred Heart got off to a slow start with the bats, finding themselves down a run in the fifth. Senior Captain, Spike Manning, came to the plate with two outs and nobody on, and provided SHU with just the spark they would need. After working a walk, Manning stole second and took third on an overthrow. In what seemed like a split-second later, Manning was crossing the plate to tie the game on a passed ball. In the top of the 6th, score now tied, Steven Bauer and Kyle Unger were able to get on base with two outs for centerfielder, Dylan Lagiglia. Lagiglia delivered a clutch opposite-field double, scoring both runners and giving Sacred Heart the lead for good. “Clutch pitching and a great two-out approach at the plate is what earned us this victory against a good pitcher”, manager Clay Caron stated. “We didn’t let our offensive struggles early on affect our approach at the plate. We trusted our preparation and were able to come away with a great team-win.”
FACCENDA DAZZLES IN WIN V HOFSTRA
After being sidelined for most of the fall season due to an injury, Junior starter Alex Faccenda returned stronger than ever, allowing just one earned-run in the complete-game victory. Faccenda struck out three and scattered four hits over 7 innings of work, going perfect over his last four. Offensively, Steven Bauer walked twice, tripled and scored three runs for the ‘Neers, while rightfielder Michael Goff added two hits and three RBI. One player who won’t show up in the box score, but was crucial to both wins was junior catcher, Pat Jackson. After being primarily an outfielder for the team most of his career, Jackson was asked to take over the catching duties late last fall, and was asked by manager Clay Caron to catch both ends of the double-header, Sunday. “It’s something you never want to ask a catcher to do”, Caron said. “Jackson is a player who helps our team no matter what he’s asked to do, and never complains. He showed an outstanding display of toughness on Sunday and oh, by the way, didn’t allow a singled passed ball in 14 innings behind the plate.” With the sweep of the doubleheader, Sacred Heart gears up for a big game against conference-foe, University of Delaware next weekend.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Steven Bauer – 1-3, 3B, 4BB, 4R
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Alex Faccenda – 7IP, CG, ER, 3K, BB