MJ Schifano is one of eight everyday players in the NEC who are hitting in excess of .350. Jon Lucas is coming off a 2010 season in which he earned all-NEC first team honors as a designated hitter.
This past weekend, both men turned in prime performances from the pitching mound and managed to do their parts at the plate, too.
Schifano threw a two-hitter in Game 3 of Sacred Heart’s four-game NEC sweep of Mount St. Mary’s. The 7-0 victory upped his record to 3-2 while his ERA dipped down to 3.93 for the season.
Meanwhile, Lucas locked up a series victory for Wagner by twirling 8.0 innings and surrendering only one earned run in the series finale. The veteran right-hander scattered five hits and struck out four in the 7-3 victory that allowed the Seahawks to stay within 2.0 games of defending NEC champion Central Connecticut, which holds the fourth, and final, spot in the 2011 NEC Tournament set for May 19-21 in Norwich, CT.
While Schifano did not allow a runner past first base all day, he, himself, came around to score a pair of runs on offense. Batting leadoff, Schifano helped his cause on the hill by going 1-for-3 in the batter’s box. He led off the game with a single, stole second, and came around to score when JJ Edwards singled to right field. He walked and added another run one inning later.
During Sacred Heart’s road sweep, Schifano went 6-for-17 with seven runs scored, two RBI, and two stolen bases. Having started all 39 games this season, the left-handed swinging Schifano is batting .351 with 23 RBI.
Lucas, who toed the runner following back-to-back three-hit performances as Wagner’s DH, also picked up a base knock during his 7-3 victory on the mound. The left-handed hitter posted a .412 batting average for the series while slugging 1.000. Six of his seven hits went for extra bases – four doubles and a pair of home runs. The 5-foot-9 New Jersey native has hit 13 doubles in 34 games this season, tying him for the NEC lead.