Sacred Heart plays Clemson Friday night at 7:00. The Pioneers are from the Northeast Conference and won the league tournament two weeks ago. They are 34-21 overall and were 23-9 in league play. In March, the Pioneers defeated Mississippi State 8-3 and Connecticut 5-4 in consecutive games.
The Pioneers will start sophomore righthander Troy Scribner against the Tigers. He’s 9-2 with a 3.69 ERA. He’s won seven straight starts.
Leftfielder JJ Edwards is the team’s leading hitter with a .380 average. As a team, the Pioneers are batting .311. They’ve hit just 14 home runs.
Sacred Heart coach Nick Giaquinto played four seasons in the NFL with the Dolphins and the Redskins. A running back, Giaquinto played for Don Shula and Joe Gibbes. He won two Super Bowl rings while in Washington. He holds the Connecticut single game rushing record with 277 yards. And he played against Clemson’s Jack Leggett in football when Leggett was a Maine.