The Sacred Heart Pioneers scored a season-high 12 runs on 17 hits in cruising to a 12-1 win over the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Pioneers snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 6-3 in the NEC this season and 19-16 overall.
Senior right-hander Kody Kerski improved to 7-1 on the season after allowing only one run and striking out seven batters in six innings of work. Kerski’s ERA moved down to 1.32 in 61.1 innings pitched this season.
Senior Nick Leiningen came in after Kerski and tossed two scoreless innings and sophomore James Cooksey sealed the victory by getting out every batter in the ninth inning.
The Pioneers were led by senior captain Derick Horn who went three-for-four at the plate with a game-high four RBI.
Most of the damage occurred in the bottom of the third as Sacred Heart got seven hits that brought home seven runs. They put together four consecutive hits, starting with a triple to left center by sophomore Jayson Sullivan. Sophomore Jesus Medina and senior Conor McEvoy each drove in a run with RBI singles. Freshman Zack Short singled to move McEvoy to third, and then sophomore Victor Sorrento put another ball in the outfield to give the Pioneers a 5-0 lead. After a Blackbirds pitching change, the Pioneers added four more runs off the bats of Derick Horn and Jayson Sullivan to make it a 9-0 lead.
Sullivan added another RBI in the sixth inning off of a fielder’s choice. Freshman Jake Friar finished the Pioneers offense in the game with an RBI single in the eighth inning, which ultimately led to the Pioneer’s 12-1 win over the Blackbirds.
Sacred Heart and LIU Brooklyn will be back in action tomorrow afternoon for a doubleheader beginning at noon at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.