BRIDGEPORT, CT - Sacred Heart scored 11 runs in the middle three innings in a 12-7 defeat of the Iona College baseball team in non-conference action at Harbor Yard. The Gaels (9-15) scored four times in the seventh inning but fell short on the road.
Sophomore CF Joe Torres belted his first collegiate home run to lead off the fifth inning and to get the Gaels on the scoreboard, trailing 3-1. Senior 3B Chris Burke doubled home rookie DH Jimmy Guiliano for the squad's second run. He scored one batter later on a sacrifice fly by senior 1B Michael Chiaravalloti.
With the score tied at three, the Pioneers scored nine times in the fifth and sixth innings to take a lead they would not relinquish.
In the top of the seventh, Iona had its first four batters reach base. Burke reached on an error and Chiaravalloti singled to start the rally. Senior LF James Beck drove in Burke with a single for the innings first run. A second error in the inning loaded the bases. After junior C Sean Menickella's RBI ground out, senior SS Eric Capowski drove in two runs with a double.
The Gaels had a base runner in the eighth and ninth innings but could put across a run.
Guiliano, Chiaravalloti, Beck, Capowski and sophomore 2B Bobby Vitulano each had two hits in the loss. Burke scored twice and Capowski drove in two to lead the Gaels.
Senior RHP Vincent Parisi tossed the first four innings, allowing five hits and three runs with two strikeouts in the no decision. Senior RHP Hugh Henry (0-1) took the loss in relief.
Four Pioneers had two hits. IF Troy Scribner drove in four runs and C Dan Perez scored three times to lead the home team. Reliever Kevin Magoon (1-0) earned the win.
The Gaels are back in action in a three-game MAAC series with Manhattan on Friday (Mar. 31) and Saturday (Apr. 1) at Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale, NY.