Offense Comes Alive as #6 Baseball Takes Pair from Stonehill

GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE

When and Where: April 15, 2017 – Easton, Mass. (Lou Gorman Field)
Game 1 Score:
Southern New Hampshire University 13, Stonehill College 5
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 11, Stonehill College 3
Records: SNHU 25-6 (11-2 NE10, 6-1 NE10 NE), Stonehill 8-21 (3-8 NE10, 3-6 NE10 NE)

Graduate student Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) went 5-for-7, was on base seven times and scored five runs as the sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team won a pair of games against Stonehill College on Saturday afternoon at Lou Gorman Field. SNHU triumphed in the first tilt, 13-5, and then scored an 11-3 victory in game two. 

Redshirt-sophomore John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) went 4-for-6 with a pair of walks, an RBI and three runs scored, while junior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) was 3-for-6 with a walk, six RBI and two runs scored. Senior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) also finished 3-for-6 with a walk, RBI and two runs.

Goldstein scored the first run of the day as he led off game one with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, went to third when freshman Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) dropped down a sacrifice bunt that was not handled cleanly and scored on Potter's sac fly to center. 

Southern New Hampshire hung a four-spot in the second. After junior Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) reached on an error by the third baseman, Goldstein singled and stole second to put a pair in scoring position for Blandini, who doubled in both runs to make it 3-0. Redshirt-junior Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) followed with a walk before Bauer singled through the right side to score Blandini, with Sullivan scoring on the delayed double-steal to run the lead to 5-0.

In the third inning, SNHU added two more as senior Cam Oliveira (Tewksbury, Mass.) led off by reaching on an error by the third baseman and Goldstein walked, with Blandini driving them both in with a two-out triple to right-center that nudged the lead to 7-0. 

The Penmen extended the advantage to 8-0 in the top of the fourth when Bauer led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on another sac fly to left by Potter.

Sullivan broke it open in the fifth with a three-run bomb to left-center that stretched the lead to 11-0. Goldstein tripled and Blandini walked before the blast. 

The score stayed that way into the ninth when an RBI double to left-center from sophomore Kyle Ruth (Albany, N.Y.) and two-out run-scoring single by freshman Ethan Harris (Middleton, Mass.) pushed the lead to 13-0.

Senior Alex Person (Foxboro, Mass.) cruised through eight innings, allowing just three hits. In the ninth, however, he allowed three home runs, including two with two outs, as Stonehill scored five times to close the scoring.

Goldstein was a perfect 4-for-4 with two walks and five runs scored, while Blandini went 2-for-3 with a walk, four RBI and two runs. Sullivan (walk, three RBI, two runs) and Stanton (walk) both finished 1-for-3. Bauer went 1-for-2 with a walk, RBI and run scored.

Person (6-0) went the distance, allowing five runs on seven hits over nine innings, while striking out five and walking one. 

Playing as the home team in game two, SNHU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second. Stanton led off with a single to right, swiped second and went to third on a sac bunt by sophomore Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) before scoring on a sac fly to right by junior Kyle Pangallo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). Potter, who walked before the pair of sacrifices, scored on Webster's RBI single to left.

The Skyhawks grabbed their first lead of the entire day at 3-2 in the third when Ben Monte hit a three-run homer off redshirt-junior starter Andrew Lalonde (Bedford, N.H.). 

The Penmen bounced back in the bottom half with a five-spot. Bauer singled, went to second on a Sullivan base hit and scored on a failed pick-off attempt to tie the game. Potter's run-scoring single gave SNHU the lead back, before Zbierski brought in a pair with a base knock to right-center. Pangallo's double down the line in left scored Zbierski to make it 7-3. 

Stonehill recorded two quick outs in the fourth before Sullivan was hit by a pitch and Stanton singled to center. Sullivan moved to third and Stanton grabbed second on the throw to put a pair in scoring position for Pangallo, who singled in both runs to expand the lead to 9-3.

Webster made it 10-3 in the fifth as he tripled to left-center and scored on Goldstein's sac fly to right. Potter capped the scoring in the sixth as his RBI single to left scored Sullivan, who was hit with a pitch and moved to third on Stanton's double to center. 

Potter (walk, four RBI, two runs) and Stanton (walk, three runs) were both a perfect 3-for-3. Bauer (run) and Webster (RBI, run) each went 2-for-4. Goldstein (RBI) and Pangallo (two RBI) both finished 1-for-3. Sullivan was 1-for-2 with three runs scored, while Zbierski was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run.

Lalonde (2-1) gave up three runs on five hits, striking out 10 and walking two, in six innings. Redshirt-sophomore Cameron Scotia (Dudley, Mass.) tossed a hitless inning, striking out one and walking one, while junior Rob Del Signore (Londonderry, N.H.) also pitched a scoreless frame, striking out one, while working around two hits and a walk. Redshirt-freshman Brendan Welch (Easton, Mass.) fanned the only batter he faced, with freshman Alex Gomes (Peabody, Mass.) dancing around a hit and a walk to strike out two in two-thirds of an inning. 

Notes:
- SNHU has now won 21 of its last 24, including 14 of 16, 11 of 12 and four straight.
- Person improves to 27-2 lifetime, including 16-0 over the last two seasons. He is 17-0 in his last 21 starts, dating back to May 15, 2015, as well as 24-1 over his last 29 starts since Feb. 21, 2015.
- In his last four outings, which include two starts, Lalonde is 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA, having allowed five runs – three earned – on 10 hits, while punching out 30 and walking nine. He is holding opponents to a .141 batting average during that span.
-Sullivan's home run was his second in three days and fourth of the season, which pulls him into a tie with Bauer for the team lead.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Monday, April 17 (3:30 p.m.) when they wrap up the series with Stonehill. The next home game for SNHU is Tuesday, April 18 (6 p.m.) when it plays host to in-state rival Franklin Pierce University at Penmen Field.

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