(BRIDGEPORT ,Conn.) – Pitcher Chris Zaccheiro hurled a complete game and Hunter Phillips added a grand slam as the Sacred Heart Pioneers (8-11) defeated the Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-16) baseball team 8-3 in the series opener on Thursday.
The Phillips home run pushed the Pioneers ahead by five runs and Zaccheiro did the rest as the senior retired the last 17 batters he faced in order.
Quinnipiac started off with the lead when Joe Poletsky singled home a run off of the Sacred Heart starter in the top of the first inning. The Pioneers would rally right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly against Quinnipiac senior Mike Oskandy.
The Bobcats regained the lead in the 3rd inning with a pair of RBI singles from Brian Monack and Joe Poletzky but the lead was short-lived. Ahead 3-1, Mike Oskandy looked for a shutdown inning but the Pioneer bats refused to cooperate.
Steve Tedesco brought Sacred Heart within a run on an RBI single and a JJ Edwards two run single handed the Pioneers a 4-3 advantage.
In the top of the fourth inning, Zaccheriro surrendered a leadoff single to Gabe Guerino but the first baseman was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double. Guerino would be the last Bobcat to reach base as Zaccheiro retired every batter after that point.
Zaccheiro struck out seven batters on the afternoon while only allowing three runs (all earned). The righty earned his second win of the season as Sacred Heart won their first game in Northeast Conference play.
Mike Oskandy receives the loss for the Bobcats after the pitcher threw five innings and yielding eight runs(all earned) on eight hits. Reliever Derek Lamacchia came in for the right-hander and threw the final three shutout innings for Quinnipiac.
Both teams will meet again Friday as the best of four weekend series continues at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac will play two-seven inning contests beginning at noon. The series will conclude with a nine-inning matchup to follow at ten o’clock on Friday morning.