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By Trey McCurry.

Sacred Heart, led by 23rd-year Head Coach Nick Giaquinto, is a member of the Northeast Conference and is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance. The Pioneers are 34-21 (23-9 NEC) on the season including a 23-14 mark away from home, 18-13 on opponents’ home fields and 5-1 at neutral sites. Sacred Heart has won seven straight games, but has not played since winning the NEC Championship on May 22. The Pioneers enter the NCAA Tournament with their best-ever record since joining Division I in 2000. 

The Series

Clemson and Sacred Heart have never met on the diamond. In fact, the Tigers have never played a current member of the Northeast Conference. Likewise, Jack Leggett has also never faced a current member of the Northeast Conference. The Northeast Conference has made 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament dating back to 1994 and its teams are 0-30 all-time. 

The Pioneers

On the season, Sacred Heart is hitting .311 as a team with 86 doubles, 15 triples, 14 homers, 64 stolen bases, 23 hit-by-pitches, 165 walks, and 268 strikeouts while averaging 5.8 runs per game. Graduate JJ Edwards leads the Pioneers at the plate batting .380 with five doubles, one triple, 30 RBI, and a team-high 40 runs. Senior MJ Schifano is batting .337 with 11 doubles, two triples, two homers, 36 runs, 28 RBI, and 12 stolen bases. Graduate Steve Tedesco is hitting .335 and leads the team in doubles (13), walks (26), and stolen bases (16) while junior Hunter Phillips is batting .335 with 10 doubles and two triples. Junior Rob Griffith is hitting .333 with 11 doubles and 39 runs while leading the team RBI (44) and tied for the team-high in triples (4) and homers (4). Sophomore John Murphy has 34 runs, 43 RBI, 11 stolen bases, and is tied for the team lead with four triples while sophomore Dave Boisture is tied for the team-high with four homers. 

The Pioneer pitching staff has a 4.35 ERA this season allowing 477 hits (.268 opponents’ batting average) and 187 walks against 272 strikeouts in 465.0 innings. Sophomore Troy Scribner leads the Sacred Heart pitching staff. Scribner is 9-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 2011 and leads the team in wins, innings (92.2), strikeouts (44), and is tied for the team-high in starts (13). Freshman Kody Kerski is 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 starts while freshman Nick Leiningen is 7-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 14 appearances (11 starts) in 2011. Senior Matt Fitton leads the team with 19 appearances while senior MJ Schifano has a team-high three saves. 

Projected Sacred Heart Starting Lineup

C        #25 Derick Horn (FR/.271 BA with 9 2Bs, 1 3B, 22 runs, 20 RBI, and 16 BBs in 46 games)

1B      #11 Rob Griffith (JR/.333 BA with 11 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 4 HRs, 39 runs, and 44 RBI in 55 games)

2B      #12 Hunter Phillips (JR/.335 BA with 10 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 39 runs, 34 RBI, and 5 SB in 54 games)

SS      #4 John Murphy (SO/.305 BA with 7 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 3 HRs, 34 runs, and 43 RBI in 51 games)

3B      #8 MJ Schifano (SR/.337 BA with 11 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 2 HRs, 28 RBI, and 12 SB in 55 games)

LF      #3 JJ Edwards (GR/.380 BA with 5 2Bs, 1 3B, 40 runs, 30 RBI, and 6 SB in 55 games)

CF      #10 Steve Tedesco (GR/.335 BA with 13 2Bs, 1 HR, 39 runs, 27 RBI, and 16 SB in 51 games)

RF      #24 Dave Boisture (SO/.299 BA with 7 2Bs, 4 HRs, 25 runs, 18 RBI, and 19 BBs in 43 games)

DH     #32 Dan Perez (FR/.279 BA with 5 2Bs, 10 runs, 9 RBI, and 7 BBs in 32 games) 

2011 Sacred Heart Baseball Schedule and Results

Date       Opponent                                   Result           Record

2/25        vs. Northeastern                           W, 6-3            1-0

2/26        vs. Rhode Island                           L, 2-11           1-1

2/26        vs. St. Bonaventure                       W, 15-1          2-1

3/5          @ SE Louisiana                             W, 9-8            3-1

3/6          @ SE Louisiana                             L, 0-10           3-2

3/6          @ SE Louisiana                             L, 3-11           3-3

3/7          @ SE Louisiana                             W, 5-3 (10)     4-3

3/9          @ LSU                                         L, 1-6             4-4

3/11        @ Mississippi State                       L, 0-5             4-5

3/12        @ Mississippi State                       L, 5-6             4-6

3/13        @ Mississippi State                       W, 8-3            5-6

3/15        @ Connecticut                              W, 5-4            6-6

3/18        @ Monmouth *                             L, 3-5             6-7 (0-1)

3/19        @ Monmouth *                             L, 2-5 (7)        6-8 (0-2)

3/19        @ Monmouth *                             L, 3-4 (12)      6-9 (0-3)

3/20        @ Monmouth *                             W, 5-2 (11)     7-9 (1-3)

3/26        Long Island *                               L, 3-6             7-10 (1-4)

3/26        Long Island *                               L, 0-3 (7)        7-11 (1-5)

3/27        Long Island *                               W, 4-1 (7)       8-11 (2-5)

3/27        Long Island *                               L, 8-9             8-12 (2-6)

3/29        @ Iona                                        W, 14-6          9-12

4/2          @ Quinnipiac *                             W, 4-2 (10)     10-12 (3-6)

4/2          @ Quinnipiac *                             W, 1-0 (7)       11-12 (4-6)

4/3          @ Quinnipiac *                             W, 14-2 (7)     12-12 (5-6)

4/3          @ Quinnipiac *                             L, 5-6             12-13 (5-7)

4/6          Yale                                             L, 2-3             12-14

4/8          @ UNLV                                      W, 6-3            13-14

4/9          @ UNLV                                      L, 2-9             13-15

4/9          @ UNLV                                      L, 6-8 (7)        13-16

4/10        @ UNLV                                      L, 9-10           13-17

4/15        Fairleigh Dickinson *                     W, 7-3            14-17 (6-7)

4/15        Fairleigh Dickinson *                     W, 9-5 (7)       15-17 (7-7)

4/17        Fairleigh Dickinson *                     W, 8-5 (7)       16-17 (8-7)

4/17        Fairleigh Dickinson *                     W, 11-10 (10) 17-17 (9-7)

4/19        @ Rhode Island                            L, 3-4 (10)      17-18

4/21        @ Mount St. Mary’s *                    W, 5-3            18-18 (10-7)

4/21        @ Mount St. Mary’s *                    W, 10-2 (7)     19-18 (11-7)

4/22        @ Mount St. Mary’s *                    W, 7-0 (7)       20-18 (12-7)

4/22        @ Mount St. Mary’s *                    W, 10-8          21-18 (13-7)

4/29        Bryant *                                      W, 8-2            22-18 (14-7)

4/30        Bryant *                                      L, 0-3 (7)        22-19 (14-8)

4/30        Bryant *                                      W, 2-1            23-19 (15-8)

5/1          Bryant *                                      L, 2-4             23-20 (15-9)

5/6          @ Central Connecticut State *       W, 7-4            24-20 (16-9)

5/7          @ Central Connecticut State *       W, 11-4 (7)     25-20 (17-9)

5/7          @ Central Connecticut State *       W, 8-6 (7)       26-20 (18-9)

5/8          @ Central Connecticut State *       W, 4-3 (11)     27-20 (19-9)

5/10        Manhattan                                   L, 3-11           27-21

5/12        Wagner *                                     W, 12-7          28-21 (20-9)

5/13        Wagner *                                     W, 8-2 (7)       29-21 (21-9)

5/13        Wagner *                                     W, 4-3 (8)       30-21 (22-9)

5/14        Wagner *                                     W, 5-4            31-21 (23-9)

5/20        vs. Long Island                             W, 10-1          32-21

5/21        vs. Monmouth                              W, 6-1            33-21

5/22        vs. Monmouth                              W, 9-2            34-21

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