2015 NEC Championship Recap Pio’s See Summer Baseball Action 2015 Seniors, Where are they now? Scott Plank on his experiences as student manager
2015 NEC Championship Recap Pio   s See Summer Baseball Action 2015 Seniors, Where are they now  Scott Plank on his experi...
General Information 5 6 8 12 24 26 Table Of Contents In The Managers Shoes NCAA Tournament Appearances: .............................. 4 NCAA Tournament Record: .................................... 0-6 NEC Championships: ........ 4(2006, 2011, 2012, 2015) NEC Tournament Appearances : .................................8 NEC Tournament Record: ................................... 21-11 NEC Regular Season Championships: ........................0 Highest NEC Finish: ...2nd (5x) - ‘05, ‘09, ‘10, ‘11, ‘13 NEC CHampionship Recap Game 2 - SHU VS. wagner Game 4 - SHU vs. FDU 1 6 Game 6 - Bryant vs. SHU 1 8 Game 7 - SHU vs. Bryant 12 14 Pioneers Draw Birth in TCU Regional Coaching Staff Pio’s Summer Baseball 25 26 27 28 29 30 34 35 46 Program History Meet the coaching staff Coping With Tommy John 31 32 33 38 40 44 Location: .....................................Fairfield, Connecticut Founded: .................................................................. 1683 Enrollment: ..............................................................4,173 President: ............................................Dr. John J. Petillo Executive Director of Athletics: ....... Bobby Valentine Deputy Director of Athletics: ................Brad Hurlburt Sr. Associate AD/SWA: ......................... Meghan Miller Affiliation: .......................................... NCAA Division I Colors: .................... Red (Pantone Red 200C) &White Nickname: ..........................................................Pioneers Head Coach: ......................................... Nick Giaquinto Career Record: .................. 578-686-3 (.456) 28th year Record at SHU: ................. 578-686-3 (.456) 28th year Assistant Coach: .....Wayne Mazzoni (Gettysburg ‘91) Assistant Coach: ........... Nick Restaino (Fordham ‘93) Assistant Coach: ...T.K Kiernan (South. Conn. St ‘14) Strength Coach: .......................................... Sam Reffsin Athletic Trainer: ......................................... Gregg Tozzi Student Manager: ........................................ Scott Plank Zack Short Victor Sorrento Jason Foley Jayson Sullivan Ted Shaw Jake Friar Jesus Medina Cody Doyle Dan Schock Alex Perry Breton Larose Athletic Communications SHU Baseball Incoming Class of 2020 2015 Seniors, Where Are they Now? Sports Managing: More than Just Laundry Former Pio’s in the pros now BY Scott Plank Associate AD/External Affairs: ....... Chris O’ Connor Athletic Communications GA: ............ Zack Durham Office: ...................................................... (203)365-4813 Cell: ..........................................................(203)258-7069 Email: ...................... DurhamZ@mail.sacredheart.edu Assistant Director: .................................. Katie Sullivan Assistant Director: ..................................... Mike Haase Web: .................................... SacredHeartPioneers.com Facebook: ............... Sacred Heart University Pioneers Twitter: .....................................................@SHUBigRed Instagram: ................................................@SHUBigRed Magazine Created and Designed by: Jesus Medina
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In The Managers Shoes Meet Nicholas Giaquinto The 2016 season will mark Coach Nick Giaquinto’s 28th season as the head coach of the Sacred Heart Pioneers Baseball program. In 2015, Coach Giaquinto led the Pioneers to a seventh consecutive appearance in the Northeast Conference Championship game, winning the program’s fourth ever NEC title, including third in the past five years after winning in 2011 and 2012. Coach Giaquinto has played a significant role in building a rich tradition for the Sacred Heart Baseball program. At the Division II level, he guided the Pioneers to the NCAA Regional Tournament three times – finishing eighth in the country at the Division II College World Series in 1992. He also led Sacred Heart to back-to-back ECAC championship in 1990 and 1991. He has helped the Pioneers to adjust and succeed at the Division I level when they joined the Northeast Conference in 2000. In SHU’s inaugural season, the Pioneers finished with a record of 12-38 (6-16 in NEC play) but Giaquinto and the Pioneers bounced back as one of the surprises in the NEC in 2001. His 2001 Pio’s improved to 22-23 overall (12-10 in NEC play) and battled for a NEC Tournament slot into the last weekend. He then lead the Pioneers to a NEC Tournament in 2005 for the first time in school history, and backed that up with another appearance in 2006, where they would go onto win the programs first ever NEC championship. Since then, Giaquinto’s pioneers have appeared in nine NEC tournaments while making it to eight championship games. In fact, the Pioneers have made the past seven Northeast Conference Championship games dating back to 2009, winning three of the past five Northeast Conference Championships (2011, 2012 and 2015). During Coach Giaquinto’s tenure, eight Pioneers have been drafted into the MLB. He has also coached two All-Americans, 42 All-NEC selections, three Conference Players of the Year, two Conference Rookies of the Year, one Northeast Region Pitcher of the Year, one Northeast Region Player of the Year, and one NEC Pitcher of the Year. He was honored as the Northeast Region and New England Collegiate Conference Coach of thee Year in 1992, as well as the NEC Coach of the Year in 2005. Before coaching college baseball, Coach Giaquinto had an accomplished football career that included four seasons in the NFL. He first played for the Miami Dolphins in 1980, and then joined the Washington Redskins, playing for the Super Bowl XVII squad that beat his former team for the title. He graduated from UConn in 1979, where he still holds the school’s all time single-game rushing record of 277 yards against holy cross in 1976. After his professional football career, Giaquinto took the position as assistant baseball coach at George Mason University where he also received his master’s in Education before being hired at SHU in 1988. 5
In The Managers Shoes Meet Nicholas Giaquinto   The 2016 season will mark Coach Nick Giaquinto   s 28th season as the head...
Meet the Coaching Staff Nick Restaino - Assistant Coach Restaino completed his first season as Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator for Sacred Heart in 2015, helping the Pioneers to their fourth ever Northeast Coference Championship. Restaino came to Sacred Heart after serving as the hitting coach at Southern Connecticut State in 2014, where he helped lead the team to a first place finish in the NE-10 Southwest Division. Prior to his time at Southern Connecticut State, he was the Head Baseball Coach at Fordham University for seven seasons. In 2005, his first season as head coach, Restaino was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. Under his helm, the Rams registered a .590 winning percentage in Atlantic 10 play. He led his team to the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in four seasons, including a runner-up finish in 2007. Overall, he compiled 196 victories, including four over nationally ranked programs. Off the field, his Fordham team was recognized with the NCAA APR Public Recognition Award for academic progress six years in a row. Before becoming head coach, Restaino served as an assistant at Fordham for six seasons. In addition, he had previous collegiate assistant coaching stints at Lehman College and Manhattan College. During his time as coach, Restaino has seen 13 of his players drafted into Major League Baseball. Additionally, six more of his players have signed professional MLB contracts. He has coached 14 All-Conference players, seven Louisville Slugger All-Americans, and six ECAC All-Stars. In 2008, one of his Fordham players led the NCAA in stolen bases. In addition to coaching, Restaino established the Complete Player Baseball Academy in 2005. As the founder and primary camp director, Restaino assists children in proper player development and improving their overall knowledge of the game of baseball. T.K Kiernan - Volunteer Assistant Coach Kiernan also completed his first season as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for Sacred Heart in 2015, helping the Pioneers to their fourth ever Northeast Conference Championship. For the Pioneers, Kiernan works heavily with the infielders fine tuning their defensive skills. He also provides offensive assistance for the players and coaches. Kiernan joins the Sacred Heart coaching staff after player four years at Southern Connecticut State University. At Southern, Kiernan was a fouryear starter earning himself NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team and CWS All-Tournament Team during his freshman campaign. He was also selected multiple times for the Northeast-10 Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll as well as an All-Northeast-10 Conference honoree. 6
Meet the Coaching Staff Nick Restaino - Assistant Coach   Restaino completed his first season as Assistant Coach Recruitin...
Wayne Mazzoni - Pitching Coach Mazzoni enters his tenth season as pitching coach for Sacred Heart, where he has helped the Pioneers to seven consecutive appearances in the Northeast Conference Championship Game as well as three conference titles in the past five seasons. During his tenure, the pitching staff has had its best run in program history, setting several school records for wins and ERA. Since Mazzoni joined the program, three Pioneer hurlers have gone on to play professional baseball. Jay Monti became the first SHU pitcher drafted in the Division I era when he was taken by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2007. Troy Scribner, the all-time leader in wins at Sacred Heart, signed a contract with the Houston Astros in 2013. Kody Kerski became the second highest draft pick in school history when he was drafted in the eighth round of the 2014 draft. Other accomplishments during his tenure include Nick Leiningen being named the 2011 NEC Rookie of the Year. Nine Pioneer pitchers have been named All-NEC. Dan Wertz, who graduated in 2015, left as the all-time appearance leader with 93. In 2014, James Cooksey’s 1.16 ERA was the fourth lowest in the country as well as second lowest in school history. During Sacred Heart’s three conference championship runs in 2011, 2012, and 2015, SHU pitchers were responsible for several amazing outings. In both 2011 and 2012, Scribner, Leiningen, and Kerski each pitched complete game victories, giving up just six runs combined over the six starts. In 2015, James Cooksey and Jason Foley each threw complete game two hitters to propel the Pioneers to their seventh consecutive NEC championship game. After Jesus Medina pitched seven innings of one run ball against in a losing effort in the first game, reliever Dan Wertz threw 5.1 innings of hitless relief in the if necessary game, helping lift Sacred Heart to their third conference title in five years and the Fort Worth Regional hosted by TCU. Prior to Sacred Heart, Mazzoni was a pitching coach for one year at the College of the Holy Cross. From 1999-2005 he was Head Coach at Post University (CT), where he took a team that had won only 6 games the previous year to several school records for wins. From 1993-1996, Coach Mazzoni handled the pitchers for Fairfield University, which included two MAAC playoff appearances and saw James Manias drafted in the 25th round. His coaching career began as a graduate assistant at Nova Southeastern University in 1992, where he helped lead the team to a 42-14 record. He is a 1991 graduate of Gettysburg College, where he played football his freshman year and baseball the remaining three. He was a left-handed pitcher and outfielder. In addition to his duties as pitching coach, Mazzoni works with many pitchers in private instruction, both online on his websites, and in person at his baseball facility, Shea 22, in North Haven, CT. He also runs a variety of baseball camps year round. One of his longest tenured pitching students, Chad Knight, helped lead Westport Little League to 4th in the World at the 2013 Little League World Series, and recently hit 87 miles hour in a Perfect Game tournament at age 14. He is highly regarded for his knowledge of the recruiting process, and has lectured to athletes and parents at over 500 high schools. He is an author of several books on recruiting, baseball and the mental game, is a frequent guest on TV and radio stations, and also writes a monthly recruiting column for the New England Baseball Journal. He has been a presenter at the national baseball convention, ABCA, and also at the World Baseball Clinic at Mohegan Sun. Coach and his wife, Keli, have three children. Colby, 13, an accomplished swimmer and actor, Brayden, 11, who loves every sport with a ball, and is often the team bat boy, and a black lab Moxie, who will chase any ball or stick, but mostly loves food. He loves the Mets, Jets, being with his family and friends, taking walks with his dog, and the Dave Matthews Band. 7
Wayne Mazzoni - Pitching Coach   Mazzoni enters his tenth season as pitching coach for Sacred Heart, where he has helped t...
Coping with Tommy John In today’s baseball age, it has become very common for players to get Tommy John surgery. Many have heard of it but many do not know about it entirely. When something is thrown overhand, it puts what's called valgus stress on the arm, which is a fancy way of saying the elbow is trying to bend in an unnatural direction. When someone throws a baseball at around 90 mph, so much valgus stress is created that the forearm essentially wants to detach from the body. Luckily, a 2-inch ligament in the elbow holds two bones together and keeps the forearm in place making it a pretty important screw. This ligament is called the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). A ligament is not muscle; it can't be strengthened through exercise as well as muscle can be. It is also not bone, which will adapt to the stress placed upon it. Ligament is just fibrous tissue, and an elite pitcher's ligaments are pretty much the same as your average person: There is little he can do to make his better. Tommy John surgery is a medical procedure that reconstructs a damaged UCL ligament by taking a tendon from elsewhere in the bodyin order to repair a torn or ruptured UCL. It is called Tommy John surgery because Dr. Frank Jobe first performed it in 1974 on Tommy John, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Since then, Tommy John surgeries have become widespread as pitchers fall to elbow pain at a record pace. There is a long list of big leaguers that have gone under the knife in 2015. Historically, 15-20 Major League pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery per year but over the past three years that number has increased to 25-30. A 2012-2013 survey of active players found that 25% of Major League pitchers and 15% of Minor League pitchers had undergone Tommy John surgery at some point in their careers. Unfortunately, for our Sacred Heart Pioneers, last year two pitchers fell victim to UCL damage. Senior captain and ace starting pitcher, Jeff Stoddard, 8 and junior relief pitcher, Mike Lembo had their season’s shorten due to Tommy John Surgery. Both, Stoddard and Lembo, would have been crucial to the Pioneers success. Stoddard would have been the game 1 starter of any given series and Lembo would have been a go-to guy out of the bullpen. “My entire life up until this past spring I never experienced elbow pain. So when I originally injured it, I didn't know what to think,” said Jeff Stoddard. He began feeling discomfort in his arm early on in the season but just thought of it to be “early season blues.” He expected to be back to normal in no time. “After starting at Washington State, I remember I couldn't even extend my arm or hold a phone to my ear but that pain faded and I became confident I would be fine,” Stated Stoddard. However, that was not the case as he began to experience pain in his next two starts only being able to get by with an ample amount of Aleeve, Tiger Balm, and consistently wrapping his arm around a heating pad. It was in his third start of the season, against the University of Connecticut on March 11th 2015, where it went all downhill for him. Stoddard recalls, “I remember making one distinct pitch that went behind the batter and I had a radiating pain through my outside fingers and I could feel the fluid rushing into that region.” After being removed from the game, Sacred Heart athletic trainers suspected that he had torn his UCL, but the question was; how bad was it? He then went and got an MRI and after about a week when the MRI process was done, he then sat with an
Coping with Tommy John In today   s baseball age, it has become very common for players to get Tommy John surgery. Many ha...
Orthopedic Surgeon. This was when he learned he had a 3rd degree sprain (full tear) of his UCL. Not only did he fully tear his UCL but he also had a tear of the pronator flexor muscle grouping in his forearm! The only prognosis was to get Tommy John surgery and he did a couple days later on March 23rd – ultimately ending his 2015 season. Stoddard recalls, “I had no mobility the week after surgery as I was restrained to a cast. After the initial week, I got moved into a hinged brace, which enabled me to gain 10 degrees of reach a week. The worst part of the first 6 weeks after surgery was showering; it was such a process.” The doctors told Stoddard that he would have to go through at 12-month rehab, meaning he would not be 100% until mid-march 2016. Most major leaguers get the comfort of 16 months to rehab, but with time constraints Stoddard, of course, doesn't have that luxury with a college season. It was not until July 27th, a little over four months after surgery, when he was able to start throwing a baseball. Since then, he has been on a strict regular throwing program that consists of throwing on and off of a mound at increased distances. As for Lembo, his story is a little different yet very similar. He first felt discomfort on March 14th against Fordham University - only a couple days after Stoddard experienced his pain. This did not seem to be very promising for the pioneers as it seemed that they would lose yet another pitcher who would be relied on throughout the year. Lembo recalls, “I threw a slider incorrectly and I felt a sharp pain in my forearm. I knew the pain was not normal and I immediately wanted to come out of the game. I had a similar injury in high school and knew that continuing to pitch through it would not be very good for my arm health.” This proved to be very much the case for Lembo as he was very correct in his judgments. At first, Sacred Heart trainers did not believe his UCL was torn and they believed he hurt something else. They actually even spent a couple weeks rehabbing for a different forearm injury. It was then when Lembo requested for an MRI, as he wanted to know immediately if there was a serious problem, which there was. When the MRI results came back, the doctors broke the news to him that he had a partially torn medial ulnar collateral ligament – which, like Stoddard, ended his 2015 season as well. He went on and got Tommy John surgery on April 15th but had he found out sooner, he definitely would have gotten surgery immediately. “My rehab has been progressing well enough to be ahead of schedule. I hope to be back before the season starts,” stated Lembo. Like Stoddard, his rehab consisted of shoulder, forearm, and other muscle group strengthening for the first 4 months and at the 4-month mark his throwing program began. In October, he began to throw on flat ground and off of a mound as well, slowly getting back into the shape he was before. In the past year, both Stoddard and Lembo, have experienced many adversities due to their injuries but that did not stop their personal work ethics nor did it get in the way from them being teamplayers. “Honestly the whole process sucks and it was hard to keep a positive mindset especially suffering an incapacitating injury in my senior year. But I try to keep a positive attitude every day and be thankful that I was given a second chance to play my senior year,” said Stoddard. That was not only very true for Stoddard but Lembo also had the very same mindset. Lembo states, “I mean, not playing the rest of the season definitely upset me, but I tried to have the same attitude about everything as if I wasn’t hurt.” The 2016 season should definitely be an exciting year for these two, as they look to bounce back from their 2015 season ending Tommy John Surgeries. Both of them possess the drive and determination needed to comeback and be successful as they once were. 9
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Four members of the Sacred Heart baseball team were selected to the 2015 All-Northeast Conference Team, which was announced at the Awards Banquet on the eve of the NEC Tournament. Zack Short was chosen as the First Team shortstop, while Jayson Sullivan (Outfield), James Cooksey (Relief Pitcher), and Jesus Medina (Third Base) all earned Second Team honors. For Short, Sullivan, and Cooksey, it is the second straight season receiving postseason conference accolades, becoming the first Pioneers to be named to consecutive postseason All-NEC teams. Short was also named to the All-NEIBA (New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association) second team, his second straight selection.  The Second Team shortstop in 2014, Short leads the league with seven home runs and 32 walks, and also ranks in the top nine in RBI's, stolen bases, total bases, on base percentage, and slugging. The only SHU player to appear in all 50 games, he was tops on the team in ten statistical categories, including runs, doubles, RBI's, slugging percentage, and on base percentage. In conference action, Short was in the top nine of the NEC in batting average, home runs, runs, RBI's, total bases, walks, on base percentage, and slugging. Sullivan was also a Second Team outfielder a year ago. The junior recorded a team high 58 hits and 12 stolen bases the season, which both ranked in the top nine of the league. He was also second on the team with a .307 batting average, 32 runs scored and 71 total bases, and third in 10 slugging, on base percentage, and RBI's. Sullivan's 32 hits, 24 runs and six stolen bases in NEC action all rank in the top five. Along with Short, he was the only Pioneer to appear and start in at least 49 games. Coming off one of the best statistical pitching seasons in Sacred Heart history en route to being named First Team All-Conference in 2014, Cooksey followed it up with his second All-NEC nod in a row. He leads the Pioneers with both six wins and two saves while pitching a team high 63 innings, all of which place him in the top six of the league. He was also second on the team and fourth in the conference, appearing in 22 games, and was in the top ten with a 3.86 ERA and .278 opponent's batting average. Five times the two time Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Week has gone at least three innings without allowing a run, including 6.2 shutout innings of relief at Northwestern State on February 28. Medina led Sacred Heart with a .314 batting average during the regular season, which ranked 12th in the league, and was even better during NEC play, where he hit .361, placing him in the top ten of the conference. He was second on the team with a .386 on base percentage, and was third in runs, hits, walks and stolen bases. Also a key contributor on the mound this year, the junior was in the top four of the team in ERA, wins, games started and innings pitched. The 2015 All-NEC Honorees will look to continue their success in the 2016, hopefully gearing their fellow Pioneers to another NEC conference championship.
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Entering in its seventh consecutive Northeast Conference Tournament, the Sacred Heart baseball team set out to win its fourth NEC championship, which was hosted at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. The four-team, double elimination tournament ran from May 21st – 24th. Game 2 - #3 Sacred Heart Pioneers VS. #2 Wagner Seahawks James Cooksey shined in Game 1 for the Pioneers, as he pitched a complete game two hitter while allowing just one run. However, it did not come easy for the Pioneers with Wagner starter, Nolan Long, on the mound. The Sacred Heart offense was able to put together three runs in the top of the ninth inning in order to salvage a Game 1 victory. Nolan Long cruised through the first eight innings, only allowing three hits. In those eight frames he produced five 1-2-3 innings, just before the decisive ninth when Jesus Medina led off the inning with a single up the middle. Zack Short then tied the game with a double off the left field wall, which brought in the speedy Medina from first base. This brought an end to Long’s day as the Wagner manager was forced to go into his bullpen and bring in his closer, Steven Bloodworth, to try and close the game. Bloodworth then walked his first batter, Victor Sorrento, and then allowed the runners to move to second and third on a wild pitch. Bloodworth came back and struck out the next batter, setting up the decision for Wagner to intentionally walk PJ DeFillippo to bring Cody Doyle to the plate. Cody Doyle came through with one of the biggest hits of his career, tagging a double down the left field line, bringing in Short and Sorrento to give the Pioneers the 3-1 lead. Wagner was able to escape the inning without further damage. Cooksey went back out for the ninth inning to 12 finish what he started. He allowed his second hit of the day, on a one out single by Ben Ruta, but was able to retire the very next two batters on a pop up and ground out to put an end to the game. In the game, Cooksey had six 1-2-3 innings, walked just two batters, struck out five and only threw 97 pitches. In this pitchers duel, Cooksey’s lone blemish came in the fourth inning when Trey Nicosia led off with a bloop single into right field. A walk and a groundout then allowed the runners to move to second and third. The Pioneers were then forced to walk Nick Dini and load the bases for Tommy Mazurkiewicz. Mazurkiewicz followed up with a pop up to shallow right that was just deep enough for the runner to tag up and score. Sacred Heart second baseman, Ted Shaw, tracked the ball down making an over the shoulder catch but could not turn around and put full momentum into his throw to get the runner out at home in time. In a game that lasted just an hour and 58 minutes, Long ended with a final line of eight innings pitched, giving up two earned on five hits, walking one and hit another while striking out two. The second seeded Seahawks fell to 27-22-1 and looked to stave off elimination the very next day against the regular season champions and first seeded Bryant, who fell to Fairleigh Dickinson 7-2 in game 1 of the tournament.
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Game 4 - # 3 Sacred Heart Pioneers VS. # 4 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights Jason Foley threw the Pioneer’s second consecutive complete game two hitter, going the first 5.2 frames perfect, putting Sacred Heart in a good place for the Championship round. The offense backed Foley with 19 hits, including a 4-5 day at the plate for Zack Short, which included two home runs and 5 RBI’s. Short’s Game 4 perform- ance made him the 15th player in tournament history with two home runs in a game, and he was just one hit and one RBI shy of the two other tournament records. In addition to Short, Jesus Medina, Kenny Byram, Victor Sorrento, Ted Shaw, and Pj DeFillippo all had a multi hit game. For Foley, it was the longest outing of his career, besting his outing from the previous weekend at Central Connecticut State, in which he went seven innings without allowing an earned run. Dating back to May ninth against Wagner, Foley has now thrown 18 innings without giving up an earned run over three outings. Perfect through those first 17 batters, it was a Shane Siebler who singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth. The only other runner he allowed to reach base came in the seventh on a one out single by Riley Moonan. Foley struck out six without walking a batter and threw 101 pitches. The Pioneers gave Foley more than enough run support, scoring four in the second inning, all with two outs. Ted Shaw walked to lead off the inning and Cody Doyle hit a single with one out. Kenny Byram then came to the plate with two outs and drove a first pitch single to left center scoring Shaw for the first run of the game. Jayson Sullivan followed after Byram by also swinging at the first pitch, tagging a triple down the left field line making it a 3-0 game and then Jesus Medina extended that to a four run lead on the first pitch he also saw, singling up the middle to cap the four run second. Short’s first home run came in the fourth, which pushed the lead to six, scoring Medina who had walked to open the inning. Short also added a run in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to bring home Byram who had singled to lead off the frame. Short then capped his day with a long two run home run to left center, again plating Medina who had singled in the at bat before. Improving its record to 22-29-1, SHU advanced to the championship round of the tournament and looked for its fourth conference title in program history. Being that the Pioneers have yet to lose in tournament play, whomever they face in the championship round has to win against the Pioneers twice while Sacred Heart has to win just one game. In Game 3 of the tournament, Bryant defeated Wagner 4-2, ending the Seahawks season and advancing to face the Knights in another elimination game. Winner of the Bryant – FDU game will advance to face Sacred Heart in the championship round.
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Game 6 - #1 Bryant Bulldogs VS. #3 Sacred Heart Pioneers In Game 6 of the NEC Tournament, Jesus Medina took the mound for the Pioneers and went seven innings allowing only three hits and one earned run. This proved not to be enough as Bryant scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to extend a 1-0 lead to 5-0, leading the Bulldogs to a 5-2 victory over Sacred Heart forcing a winner take all Championship game. This game marked the third straight year the two teams have met in the Conference Championship round. In a game with a combined ten 1-2-3 innings, Matt Albanese's two out double in the first resulted in the only base runner to reach scoring position in the first three innings. Brandon Bingel helped Bryant break through for the first run of the game with a single to open the fourth inning. After the first out, Rinn was hit by a pitch to put Bingel in scoring position for Jon Mullen, who broke the scoreless tie with a single up the middle. This threat was put to an end following the next at bat when a liner by 16 Buck McCarthy was caught. Rinn rounded third on the liner and was able to get back to second to avoid being doubled off, but was called out after Sacred Heart appealed at third that Rinn did not touch third on his way back to second. Going into the ninth inning, the Bulldogs had only three hits but were able to get off six hits alone in the ninth while scoring four. Matt Albanese started the top half with a single and came all the way around to score on a Robby Rinn double. Rinn then reach third on an error on his double, and although Jon Mullen singled in the next at bat, Rinn was forced to stay at third after the ball hit the third base umpire. Buck McCarthy then singled for the fourth consecutive hit to lead off the inning, plating Rinn and moving Mullen up to third. The Pio’s were able to get the first out after a fielder’s choice with the Pioneers playing in, but AJ Zarozny was able to plate yet another run after another single up the middle making it 4-0. Dan Celluci then singled as well, loading the bases for Cole Fabio, who finished off the four run ninth with a sacrifice fly. Medina led off the bottom of the ninth for the Pioneers attempting to ignite a SHU comeback for the second time in the past three days. Victor Sorrento then smacked a double plating Medina from first for the first Sacred Heart run of the night. Sorrento then came around to score on a PJ DeFilippo single to cut the deficit to 5-2. This ended the day for Bryant starter, Trevor Lacosse, as Bryant Manager, Steve Owens, called upon James Davitt to close the game. He came through with a strikeout before a grounded ended the ballgame forcing a game seven. Two of the three hits Lacosse allowed in the first eight innings resulted in the SHU’s best opportunity to score prior to the ninth. DeFilippo and Cody Doyle produced back-to-back two out singles, but were stranded with Lacosse striking out the next hitter to put an end to the inning. Neither team recorded a hit in the fifth through eighth innings, with the lone two base runners reaching on walks. This Bryant victory set up a decisive Game 7 of the tournament – winner take all.
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Game 7 - #1 Bryant Bulldogs VS. #3 Sacred Heart Pioneers Trailing 4-3 entering the top of the ninth, the Pioneers rallied for the second time in four days of the tournament, scoring two runs late in the game to secure the 2015 NEC Championship with a 5-4 victory over top-seeded and defending champion Bryant at Dodd Stadium. This victory becomes the program's fourth ever Northeast Conference Championship. Bryant (29-25) had the first major opportunity of the ball game, advancing runners to first and third with two away in the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Bingel singled with one away and after moving to second on a fielder's choice, the inning was kept alive on an infield single that All-Tournament selection Zack Short dove to knock down to keep Bingel at from scoring. Short’s all-out play proved to be crucial as Robbie Maguire was able to get out of the inning by getting the next batter to foul out on the first pitch to put an end to the threat. The Pioneers came back with the exact same situation in the top of the second. The first two batters struck out, but Ted Shaw kept the frame alive with a first-pitch swinging 18 single. He then stole second before an error on a potential inning ending groundout that kept the rally alive for Flint. This proved to hurt the Bulldogs as Flint came through, driving in the first run of the game, unearned, by singling to left center. For the second straight inning, the Bulldogs followed up by moving runners to first and third with two outs, and again Maguire got out of it. Zach Wood singled with one out and made it to third with a two-out single by Dan Cellucci. Once more, this inning ended like the first, with a foul out on a 2-0 pitch. Just as Bryant had similar at bats in back to back innings, so too did SHU in the second and third. Medina singled with one away but that was negated when he was caught stealing. Short came back to work a two out walk though, and Sorrento followed with a walk of his own. This gave DeFilippo an opportunity with runners in scoring position, and he delivered with a RBI single to double the Sacred Heart lead 2-0. The Pioneers tried to rally with two outs again in the fourth, with Byram getting hit by a pitch with two outs and Sullivan singling, but Bryant reliever James Davitt was able to bounce back and induce a groundout to end the threat. In the fourth, Bryant scored all four of its runs with two outs. A one out walk and ensuing full count single by Wood put runners on first and second before a wild pitch allowed each to advance one base. Maguire was nearly able to keep the 2-0 lead in tact after getting the second out on a strikeout, but a wild pitch brought home the first run home. Cellucci then unleashed the first of three straight two-out hits, singling to right field to tie the ball game. Cole Fabio moved him up to third on a single and reached second himself on an error. This proved costly in the next at bat as another Sacred Heart error allowed both Cellucci and Fabio to cross home for first Bulldog lead of the ball game. This ended SHU starter Robbie Maguire's day, as Dan Wertz came in to pitch and retire the final out of the inning despite a balk. Neither team had a runner reach scoring position from there until the top of the seventh when Zack Short doubled down the right field line. That knock helped cut down the Bulldog lead to 4-3, as it scored Medina to cut the lead to just one. Medina had reached on a single with one out. In the top of the ninth, Jayson Sullivan began the championship rally with a leadoff triple down the left field line. This set the stage for Tournament MVP Jesus Medina, who tied the game with a single over the drawn-in infield. Despite an out in the next at bat, Medina was able to move up to second on a wild pitch before Victor Sorrento came to the plate with a chance to plate in the go-ahead run in which he delivered, roping a single up the middle to score Medina. PJ DeFilippo then singled to try and extend the frame for insurance, but Bryant was able to keep the score at 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth. Wertz would not need the
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insurance, sitting down the Bulldogs 1-2-3 setting off the Championship celebration. Dan Wertz closed the door for Sacred Heart, pitching the last 5.1 innings without giving up a hit, securing the Sacred Heart baseball team the 2015 Northeast Conference Championship. After pitching two innings against Bryant on Saturday giving up four earned runs on six hits, the senior came back with the dominant 5.1 innings, in which he allowed just three base runners, none of which got into scoring position. Wertz relieved starter Robbie Maguire, who went the first 3.2 scoreless before allowing four runs, three of which were earned, in his 3.2 innings. He gave up eight hits and struck out three while walking just one. Medina led the Pioneer offense that outhit the Bulldogs 13-8, finishing 3-5 with two runs along with the game-tying RBI. DeFilippo also went 3-5 and added an RBI. Sullivan was the lone other Pioneer with two hits. In addition to Medina, Sullivan, Short, and DeFillippo, James Cooksey and Jason Foley were also selected to the All-Tournament team after throwing nine innings of two hit baseball each in Sacred Heart's first two wins of the tournament. Cooksey allowed just two hits and one earned run in the 3-1 win over Wagner in the first game for the Pioneers, while Foley threw a shutout in the 10-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in SHU’s second game of the tournament, going the first 5.2 innings perfect. Medina finished the four games 8-18 with six runs scored and two RBI's, and also pitched seven innings in earning the loss to Bryant on Friday, scattering just three hits en route to one earned. Short batted 6-16 with seven RBI's, four runs scored, and two home runs. His two home runs in his four hit - five RBI performance against FDU were both one shy of tying a tournament record. DeFilippo went 7-15 in his first career tournament appearance, driving in two runs. Sacred Heart ended the regular season at 23-30-1, and earned a birth in the NCAA Championship Tournament with their Northeast Championship Tournament win. 19
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Pioneers Draw a birth in The TCU Regional Since the Pioneer’s won the NEC Tournament, they earned themselves an automatic bid into the NCAA D1 Men’s Baseball Championship Tournament. After watching the selection show air on ESPN,the 2015 Northeast Conference champions learned that they drew a birth in the Fort Worth Regional hosted by Texas Christian University. The Pioneers opened up regional play against the seventh overall seed Texas Christian. University which was broadcasted live on ESPN 3 and was also available on the WatchESPN app. Joining the Pioneers and the Horned Frogs in the four team, double elimination regional were North Carolina State and Stony Brook, who also played against each other to open up their regional play. 24
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#4 Sacred Heart Pioneers VS. #1 TCU Horned Frogs In a crowd of about 4,000 fans in attendance, the Pioneers were downed by the Horned Frogs 10-0 in the opening game of the regional. Zack Short and Victor Sorrento both went 1-3 with a walk, while Jesus Medina, Cody Doyle, and Kenny Byram each had a hit. Aside from the leadoff home run and three run third, James Cooksey did well keeping the TCU lineup at bay. Dan Wertz took the ball in the fifth and gave up two earned on three hits in his one inning of work while Matt Cooney allowed just one hit and one earned in the sixth and seventh. Alex Perry then came into pitch the eighth and got out of the inning without allowing a run. Having lost the first game of the regional, the Pioneers entered the loser’s bracket of the regional. In the opening game of the Stony Brook - NC State game, the Wolfpack defeated the Seawolves 3-0. This set up the elimination game between the Pioneers and Seawolves. Sacred Heart and Stony Brook met earlier in the season on March 25th with the Seawolves winning 8-4 in a rain shortened seven-inning game. #4 Sacred Heart Pioneers VS. #3 Stony Brook Seawolves Despite totaling 15 hits, including a 4-5, two RBI day by Cody Doyle, the Sacred Heart baseball team could not overcome a five run Stony Brook first inning, as its season came to an end with a 11-6 loss to the Seawolves in an elimination game at the Fort Worth Regional. The Pioneers end 2015 with a 23-32-1 record, winning their fourth ever Northeast Conference Championship and third in five seasons. SHU could only score six runs because they left a total of 15 runners on base after advancing a runner into scoring position in seven of nine at bats. Sullivan, Medina, Short, Sorrento, and Flint all also had two hits, while Charmello walked twice and was hit by pitch. Stony Brook's 11 runs came courtesy of 17 base hits. The five first inning runs broke Sacred Heart starter Jason Foley's 18.2 scoreless inning streak. Dan Wertz came on to pitch in only the second inning and allowed 4 runs, 2 of which were earned in 2 innings pitched. Then Robbie Maguire came onto pitch the next four innings, allowing 2 earned on 6 hits while recording 2 strikeouts. John Sostarich pitched the final defensive inning for the Pioneers and produced a scoreless half for SHU. 25
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Zack Short Junior, Zack Short, played for the Chatam Anglers of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. The team is based out of Chatam, Massachusetts and they play at the beautiful Veterans Field in the town of Chatam. Many big leaguers have also played for the Anglers in the past such as Todd Frazier, Matt Harvey, and Evan Longoria including many more. Short went into the Cape on a high note, having been named to the ABCA/Rawlings Northeast All-Region First Team, as well as the All-NEC First Team and the All-NEC Tournament Team.  27
   Zack Short       Junior, Zack Short, played for the Chatam Anglers of the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. The tea...
Victor Sorrento Senior, Victor Sorrento, played for the North Adams Steeplecats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The team is based out of North Adams, Massachusetts and they play at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams. Major Leaguers such as Bobby Wilson, Joe Smith and brother of former Pioneer, Troy Scribner, Evan Scribner has also played with the Steeple Cats Organization in the past. Many more present Major Leaguers and Minor Leaguers have also been apart of the Steeplecats Organization. In the spring, he helped lift SHU to the NEC Championship, as his go ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth turned out to be the game-winner, capping a ninth inning comeback. He displayed that same confidence throughout the summer as he was selected to the NECBL All Star game to reprent the Northern Division. On top of that, Sorrento was also selected to participate in the NECBL Homerun derby. 28
Victor Sorrento   Senior, Victor Sorrento, played for the North Adams Steeplecats of the New England Collegiate Baseball L...
Jason Foley Junior, Jason Foley, played for the Mystic Schooners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Mystic Schooners have relocated numerous times and have had several name changes in their past until finally sticking with Mystic Schooners. The franchise is one of the two oldest franchises in the league and they play out of Mystic, Connecticut. The Schooners also play their home games at Fitch Senior High School in Groton, CT. Major leaguers such Matt Adams, Rob Delaney and many more shave played with the franchise in the past. Foley joined the Schooners after earning All- NEC Tournament honors and after a very impressive summer season, Foley was recognized by Baseball America as the eighth best prospect in the league. He spent the summer season primarily as the Schooner’s closer displaying his mid 90’s fastball complimented by an incredible splitter. Foley was also selected to play in the All Star game and represent the South Division. 29
Jason Foley   Junior, Jason Foley, played for the Mystic Schooners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Myst...
Jayson Sullivan Senior, Jayson Sullivan, played for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Bay Sox are located in New Bedford, Massachusetts and they play their home games at the Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford. The Team was formally known as the Torrington Twisters based out of Torrington, CT until they relocated to New Bedford in 2009 and changed the team name to the Bay Sox. Major Leaguers such as Stephen Strasburg, Sean Green and many more have played for the Bay Sox franchise in the past. Sullivan joined the Bay Sox after earning All NEC First Team honors. He was also selected to play in the NECBL All Star game representing the South Division and participated against SHU teammate in the leagues Home Run Derby. Sullivan also played alongside SHU Teammates Ted Shaw and Jake Friar at New Bedford. 30
Jayson Sullivan   Senior, Jayson Sullivan, played for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball Leagu...
Ted Shaw Junior, Ted Shaw, played for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Bay Sox are located in New Bedford, Massachusetts and they play their home games at the Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford. The Team was formally known as the Torrington Twisters based out of Torrington, CT until they relocated to New Bedford in 2009 and changed the team name to the Bay Sox. Major Leaguers such as Stephen Strasburg, Sean Green and many more have played for the Bay Sox franchise in the past. Shaw joined the Bay Sox after being one of three Pioneers to play in all 52 games. His durability carried throughout the summer season as well as he played in 38 of the Bay Sox 42 games. Shaw also played alongside SHU Teammates Jayson Sullivan and Jake Friar at New Bedford. 31
Ted Shaw   Junior, Ted Shaw, played for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Bay Sox...
Jake Friar Junior, Jake Friar, played for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Bay Sox are located in New Bedford, Massachusetts and they play their home games at the Paul Walsh Field in New Bedford. The Team was formally known as the Torrington Twisters based out of Torrington, CT until they relocated to New Bedford in 2009 and changed the team name to the Bay Sox. Major Leaguers such as Stephen Strasburg, Sean Green and many more have played for the Bay Sox franchise in the past. Friar joined the Bay Sox after splitting time with Cody Doyle behind the plate for the Pioneers. Friar also played alongside SHU Teammates Ted Shaw and Jayson Sullivan at New Bedford. 32
Jake Friar   Junior, Jake Friar, played for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. The Bay...
Jesus Medina Senior, Jesus Medina, played for the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The Brockton Rox are located in Brockton, Massachusetts and they play their home games at the beautiful Campanelli Stadium. The Rox name is a derivative of the nearby Boston Red Sox and a tribute to the boxers Rocky Marciano and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, who are both from Brockton. The Team was formerly an Independent Club playing in the Can-Am League until it retained its rights to join the FCBL for 2013 season. Major leaguer Steve Delabar has played for the Rox before and many other current Can-Am leaguers have played for the Rox in the past. Medina joined the Rox on a high note after earning All-NEC Second Team and All- NEC Tournament Team honors. Medina also earned Most Valuable Player in the NEC Tournament for his contributions as both a position player and pitcher. 33
   Jesus Medina   Senior, Jesus Medina, played for the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. The Brockto...
Cody Doyle Sophomore, Cody Doyle, played for the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate League. The Torrington Titans are located in Torrington, Connecticut and they play their home games at Fuessenich Park. The team played its inaugural season in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League but after leading the ACBL in attendance in 2010, the team was sold to Carminucci Sports Group, which transferred the team to the newly founded FCBL. Doyle joined the Titans on a hot streak after going 5-8, with a double and 2 RBI’s at the TCU regional. He finished his freshman year at SHU with a .275 batting average in 35 games played. Doyle was also selected to play in the FCBL All Star game and represent the West division. He also played alongside SHU teammate Dan Shock with the Titans. 34
Cody Doyle   Sophomore, Cody Doyle, played for the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate League. The Torrington Tita...
Dan Schock Sophomore, Dan Schock, played for the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate League. The Torrington Titans are located in Torrington, Connecticut and they play their home games at Fuessenich Park. The team played its inaugural season in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League but after leading the ACBL in attendance in 2010, the team was sold to Carminucci Sports Group, which transferred the team to the newly founded FCBL. Schock was very impressive with the Torrington Titans, as he displayed his long ball power. He was selected to play in the FCBL All Star Game and represent the West alongside summer teammate and SHU teammate as well, Cody Doyle. 35
Dan Schock   Sophomore, Dan Schock, played for the Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate League. The Torrington Tita...
Alex Perry Sophomore, Alex Perry, played for the Riverhead Tomcats of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. The Tomcats play out of the town of Riverhead in Long island. The Tomcats play at Sgt. Jonathan Keller Field at Veterans Memorial Park in the neighboring town of Calverton. Current Major Leaguer Nick Tropeano once played for Riverhead and many more Minor Leaguers have as well. Perry joined the Tomcats after having limited playing time with the Pioneers. He was selected to play in the HCBL All Star Game and represent the North Division. He played alongside SHU teammate Nick Rubino with the Tomcats as well. 36
Alex Perry   Sophomore, Alex Perry, played for the Riverhead Tomcats of the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League. The Tomca...
Breton LaRose Red Shirt Sophomore, Breton Larose, played for the Genesee Rapids of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. The Rapids are the newest franchise to join the NYCBL. The Rapids play all of their home games in the newly constructed Houghton baseball stadium in Houghton, New York. Larose pitched very well for the rapids, posting a 1.90 ERA in 23 innings pitched. He worked very effectively securing 9 saves as the Rapids closer. 37
Breton LaRose       Red Shirt Sophomore, Breton Larose, played for the Genesee Rapids of the New York Collegiate Baseball ...
Incoming Freshman Class of 2020 Head Coach Nick Giaquinto has announced that five players have signed a National Letter of Intent to join the defending Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart baseball team. Kevin Czapelski, Austin Markmann, Elijah Brown, Brendan Coffey and Stephen Thibault join the Pioneers as members of the SHU Baseball class of 2020. Kevin Czapelski (Short Hills, N.J./Milburn) In helping lead Milburn to its first ever New Jersey Group 4 State Championship in 2014, Czapelski was named New Jersey All-State, All-Conference, All-MSG New Jersey, All-Group 4, and All-Essex County, and selected as the Essex County Pitcher of the Year. He was invited to participate in both the New Jersey Underclass All-Star Game, as well as the Essex County All-Star Game. He was a major contributor both on the mound on and at the plate, finishing 10-2 with 2.12 ERA and batting .393 with 33 RBI’s. In 69.1 innings pitched, he struck out 67 and walked just 18. At the plate, he tallied 33 hits, scored 19 runs, walked 31 times against four strikeouts, stole nine bases, and completed the year with a .542 OBP, .654 SLG and 1.197 OPS. Austin Markmann (Red Bank, N.J./Middletown South) Marmann was chosen to the All-Division 1 Team for a second consecutive year following the 2015 season, as he led Middletown South with 33 hits and a .337 batting average. He scored 19 runs, drove in 15, was walked 11 times, and hit three homeruns and six doubles. Finishing with a .499 SLG and .904 OPS, he was selected to the Carpenter Cup team. Elijah Brown (Warwick, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) Playing for the Gooses Gamers this summer, Brown earned All-Tournament honors at the PGWWBA 17U Championships and was elected to play in the USBC North vs. South All-Star Game at Triple Crown Sports in Richmond. He batted .335 with 3 home runs and a .432 OBP, and stole 17 bases. 38
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“I am extremely excited about our two recent additions to the Pioneer Baseball program,” said Giaquinto. “Both Stephen and Brendan are coming off terrific high school careers, and our staff is looking forward to working with them for the next four years.” Brendan Coffey (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) After scoring 18 runs and driving in 17 more in 20 regular season games, Coffey helped Saratoga Springs to its first ever appearance in the NYSPHSAA Class AA final in 2015, batting .467 with 3 RBI’s in postseason play. In addition to being named to the Suburban Council All-Star team twice, he has also been selected as a Saratogian and Times Union All-Star during his high school career. Stephen Thibault (Southwick, Mass./Avon Old Farms (Avon, Conn.) om e c s l e their B W l l a b a e b s yP a B i o u H ’s S Thibault was named team MVP after batting .421 during the 2015 season. An infielder, he finished with an on base percentage of .480 OBP and on base plus slugging of .935. 39
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2015 Seniors, Kenny Byram - Ponte Vedra, Florida - Outfielder Kenny Byram graduated from SHU with a 3.4 GPA and degrees in Finance & Economics. When he returned home, he interned at Northwestern Mutual and coached two 12-year old baseball teams. He now currently works at a Technical Staffing company as a recruiter. Kenny now actively surfs and hangs out at the beach when he can. He looks to hopefully grow in the company he’s at now or search and explore better opportunities. His long term career goal is to be a college baseball coach or be an investment banker for an enterprise level financial institution. Height: 6-0 Weight: 185 High School: Ponte Vedra Position:OF Bats/Throws: R/r Kenny’s most memorable moment as a Pioneer was capping off his senior year with an NEC Championship and ending it at the TCU Regional. Dan Wertz - Cross River, New York - Pitcher Dan Wertz graduated from SHU with a 3.9 GPA and a degree in Sports Marketing. He is currently a Media Buyer at Political Communications Advertising. (PCA) Wertz has began playing more golf and learning mixed martial arts. For the next couple years, he would like to stay in New York and continue to commute into the city. His long term career goal is to continue in marketing and eventually work for MLB or NHL. Dan’s most memorable SHU experience is coming back to beat Bryant U. in the NEC Championship. Height: 6-0 Weight: 175 High School: john jay Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/r Matt Charmello - Rossmoor, California - Outfielder Matt Charmello graduated from SHU with a 3.8 GPA and degrees in Marketing & Finance. He currently lives on his own in San Francisco and works in Sales for Black & Decker, selling power tools. He plans on focusing on his professional career as well as traveling. He hopes to be an executive at a company. Charmello now actively plays softball and basketball. Height: 5-10 Weight: 165 High School: St. John Bosco Position:OF Bats/Throws: R/r 40 Charmello’s most memorable SHU moment was when he hit a walk-off grand slam his freshman year.
2015 Seniors, Kenny Byram - Ponte Vedra, Florida - Outfielder Kenny Byram graduated from SHU with a 3.4 GPA and degrees in...
Where are they now? Keaton Flint - Charlton, New York - Outfielder Keaton Flint graduated from SHU with a 3.2 GPA and a degree in Exercise Science. He is currently an intern at Capital Prosthetics in Albany and also works as an Educator at Lulu Lemon Athletica. He’s found a new obsession with cycling. He has set a goal to complete a 50 mile race, then ultimately a 100 mile race. In the next couple years he looks to go to Graduate school for his Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics and become board certified in the field. His long term career goal is to run his own Prosthetics and Orthotics practice. Height: 5-10 Weight: 180 High School: Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Position:OF Bats/Throws: R/r Keaton’s most memorable moment as a Pioneer was the last inning of the NEC Championship game against Bryant. Robbie Maguire - Brooklyn, New York - Pitcher Robbie Maguire graduated from SHU with a 3.47 GPA and a degree in Finance. He currently works for Morgan Stanley as an Operations Associate in Wealth Management. He still actively lifts and plays baseball. He plans on passing the Series 7 exam, earning his license to trade stocks as a front office trader. He would also like to sell real estate. Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 High School: Xavier Position: RHP Bats/Throws: R/r Robbie’s most memorable Pioneer moment is winning the NEC Championship for the third time. He is the only Pioneer in history to be apart of three NEC Championship teams. * James Cooksey & Jeff Stoddard returned to SHU due to a red-shirt year. - Stats Shown are of the 2015 season. 41
Where are they now  Keaton Flint - Charlton, New York - Outfielder Keaton Flint graduated from SHU with a 3.2 GPA and a de...
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Sports Managing: More than Just Laundry By: Scott Plank During my four years as a Sacred Heart University student, I have never written for pleasure. I have been forced to write countless papers and essays about topics I could easily do without. But when I signed up for a sports journalism class, I didn’t think we would be forced to write for the school newspaper. I have never liked writing much. But after contemplating what I could write about, I was actually somewhat excited for what came next. As a freshman, I was aimless with what I wanted to do with my life (like most freshmen, I expect). I started working in the equipment room as a student employee in the Pitt Center, handing out towels to sweaty athletes who smelled like three-day-old body odor. A couple weeks into the 2012 football season, I became a student equipment manager for the football team. This would become a four year job where I formed a bond with new friends, players, and coaches, who were all different people off the field than they were on. The chemistry among the coaching staff and the time they put into the Sacred Heart football program was humbling to see as a new kid who wanted to learn the reality of sports. Hard work certainly paid off. Because of their dedication and the player’s success, I was able to be on the field for two Northeast 44 Conference (NEC) Championships, which was an awesome experience. I have made some friends who I know I will be close with for a long time for some unconventional reasons. Maybe washing jock straps and polishing football helmets is not a “normal” thing to do while in college, but it was what made my time at Sacred Heart such an incredible experience. Had I not worked with the football team, I would probably not have experienced half the amazing things I did during my four years of college. The equipment staff, players, and coaches made it a great experience. Football set me up for the rest of my college career. After my second year with the football team, I approached Coach Nick Giaquinto of the baseball team and asked if there was any way I could get involved with the team. My playing days were long over, if you consider picking splinters out of your butt a playing career. Nonetheless, I knew I still wanted to be involved with the sport I grew up playing and fell in love with. Within five minutes of meeting him I was the student manager of the baseball team. This title would soon turn into “Student Director of Baseball Operations,” because, well, what sounds better? Much like with the football team, I was immediately welcomed onto the baseball team by the players and have made some great friends. At my first practice, I hit our third baseman, and my three year roommate, in the cage. Needless to say, I was no longer throwing batting practice to the team. The memories I made while part of the baseball team are almost too many to count. I had my little brother Ryan come be the bat boy for a game last season, and the players made this 11-year-old kid
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feel like the most important person at the ballpark that day. He didn’t stop talking about the Pioneers baseball team for weeks. They can’t possibly know how much that meant to me. Last year, we won the NEC. I never thought I would have a college baseball ring when I came to Sacred Heart. Probably one of the coolest things that had happened to me in my entire life took place during the 2015 baseball season. While playing Texas Christian University, the number seven ranked college baseball team in the nation, they were announcing the lineups for both teams. The second name called was mine. I was in pure shock. The memory of the guys yelling at me and pushing me up the dugout stairs to go out to the first base foul line is forever burned into my memory. I could tell you what the air smelled like, what the weather was like, any tiny detail I could recall. Weird, I know. I was standing on a baseball field in front of probably 5,000 people and my name was just called over the loud speaker. I was living a little kid’s dream. And at that moment I felt like a little kid. Thank you to the guys for letting me be a part of something so unreal. Even though I’ve had incredibly unbelievable experiences with the football and baseball teams, there is one thing that is dawning on me as I enter the last season of Sacred Heart athletics for my long and storied career of sandwich ordering and laundry washing: this will be the last time I get to be a part of a team, at least I think. Being in the dugout for a baseball game is, simply put, fun. There is emotion, there are jokes, there is swearing, there is playing around with each other, the usual baseball player stuff. My absolute favorite part of working with the baseball team is being in the dugout. It may seem to be a miniscule part of the job, and in reality, that is where I have to be during the game, but it is much bigger than physically being in the dugout for me. For nine innings, I forget that after the game I am going to have to scrub the dirt out of half the team’s uniforms and be doing laundry by myself in the basement for two hours. If we’re on the road I forget that I’m going to be up until 4 in the morning because hotel dryers suck. I am a part of the team more when I am in the dugout for those nine innings than at any other time, and that is what I am going to miss the most after this season is over. Cheers to the best four years of college any “manager” could ever ask for. Cheers to the best four years of college any “manager” could ever ask for. 45
feel like the most important person at the ballpark that day. He didn   t stop talking about the Pioneers baseball team fo...
Former Pio’s in the Pros now Troy Scribner - Washington Depot, CT - Pitcher Troy Scribner graduated from SHU with a degree in Communication Studies in 2013. After his senior year at SHU, he was picked up by the Houston Astros as an Un-drafted free agent. Most recently, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Scribner has been as high up as Double-A. He will start this season in High-A. This past winter, Scriber also played professionally in Panama. His brother, Evan Scriber, plays for the Mariners at the big league level. At SHU, he is top 10 in several single season categories in program history. He remains 6th all time in Pioneer history for most strikeouts in a single season. (90 K’s in his 2013) He is also 5th all time in program history for most wins in a single season. (9 wins in his 2011). He is 8th in program history with most innings pitched in a single season with 95 in 2011. He is also top 10 in several career categories in program history. He is 2nd all time in wins as a Pioneer. (26 W’s) He is 5th all-time with most complete games having pitched 17. He is 2nd all time in career innings pitched. (344 IP) He is 2nd all time in career strike outs. (261 K’s) He’s also helped the Pioneers win 2 NEC Championships. Kody Kerski - Waterbury, CT - Pitcher Kody Kerski graduated from SHU with a degree in Accounting in 2014. After his senior year at SHU, he was drafted in the 8th round by the Seattle Mariners which is the 2nd highest draft round in Pioneer history. (Behind John Murphy, 6th round in 2013) This past winter, Kody also played professionally in Australia. He will begin the 2016 campaign in High-A ball in the Mariners organization. At SHU, Kody is 10th in Pioneer history with most strikeouts in a single season (74 K’s in 2014) He is also 9th all time in Pioneer history with most career wins (20 W’s) as well as 3rd all time in innings pitched. (306.2 IP) Kerski also holds 5th place in SHU Baseball history in career strike outs. (210 K’s) 46 Past Pioneers also drafted: 1967 James O’Brien, OF, 44th Round, Dodgers 1970 John Cosmos, 1B, 15th Round, Dodgers 1977 Rosaire Viens, RHP, 19th Round, Red Sox 1978 Paul Wysocki, RHP, 34th Round, Cardinals 1982 Paul Russel, C, 31st Round, Cardinals 1982 William Packer, C, 30th Round, Cardinals 1987 Javier Alvarez, SS, 14th Round, Royals 1994 Michael Bajda, RHP, 12th Round, Tigers 1998 John Moylan, C, 35th Round, Marlins 1998 Matt Targac, LHP, 9th Round, Braves 2002 Matt Lemanczyk, OF, 10th Round, Cardinals 2007 Jason Monti, RHP, 25th Round, Blue Jays 2010 Michael Drowne, 28th Round, Dodgers 2013 John Murphy, SS, 6th Round, Yankees 2014 Kody Kerski, RHP, 8th Round, Mariners
Former Pio   s in the Pros now Troy Scribner - Washington Depot, CT - Pitcher   Troy Scribner graduated from SHU with a de...
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Sacred Heart University Baseball would like to thank  Family Friends Community loyal supporters Faculty Staff Athletic Tra...