#6 Baseball’s Comeback Stalls as Stonehill Posts 8-5 Win

#6 Baseball’s Comeback Stalls as Stonehill Posts 8-5 Win


When and Where: April 17, 2017 – Easton, Mass. (Lou Gorman Field)
Stonehill College 8, Southern New Hampshire University 5
Records: Stonehill 9-21, SNHU 25-7

Junior Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) each drove in a pair of runs, but the sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team dropped an 8-5 decision to Stonehill College on Monday afternoon in non-conference action at Lou Gorman Field.

Stonehill jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first against junior starter Rob Del Signore (Londonderry, N.H.) when Harrison Sabo hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring in an unearned run as it scored John Orzechowski, who led off the game by reaching on an error. 

The Skyhawks stretched their lead to 4-0 in the third as two straight hits knocked Del Signore from the game and brought on redshirt-sophomore Cameron Scotia (Dudley, Mass.), who immediately issued a walk to load the bases and then gave up an RBI single to right field to Steve Lee, before Patrick Downey hit one down the line in left to drive in a pair. Graduate student Stephen Fortuna (Metuchen, N.J.) entered and sandwiched two fly balls around a walk to leave the bases loaded.

Junior Joe DeSarro (Frankfort, N.Y.) began the fourth on the mound for the Penmen and gave up a leadoff double to left-center by Ben Monte, who then scored on an Eddie Bowler base knock to right that made it 5-0. 

Southern New Hampshire finally found the scoreboard in the fifth as Webster singled to right to drive in Zbierski, who led off with a single to center and went to second on a wild pitch.

Monte grabbed that run back and then some for Stonehill in the sixth as his two-run homer pushed the lead to 7-1. 

Walks by redshirt-junior Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) and redshirt-sophomore John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) to begin the sixth set up a big inning for SNHU as a wild pitch put two in scoring position. Zbierski lifted what would have been a sac fly to right, but it was dropped, bringing in Sullivan. A groundout to short by junior Kyle Pangallo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) plated Stanton before Webster's RBI single scored Zbierski to trim the deficit to 7-4.

A Sullivan walk began another rally in the eighth as he reached third on a fielder's choice grounder that turned into an E5 and then scored on Zbierski's grounder to short. 

Sabo led off the ninth with a solo shot that made it 8-5 and the Penmen would go 1-2-3 in the bottom of the frame to end it.

Del Signore (0-1) was charged with three runs – two earned – on four hits, while striking out two and walking a pair, in two-and-a-third innings. Scotia did not record an out and gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Fortuna walked one in two-thirds of a scoreless frame. DeSarro relinquished three runs on five hits in three innings of work. Freshman Ryan Steffens (Commack, N.Y.) tossed three innings and allowed a run on a hit and a walk, striking out a pair. 

Webster was 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Zbierski finished 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Sullivan went 0-for-1 with three walks and a pair of runs scored. Newly-minted NE10 Rookie of the Week Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) was 1-for-4.

- SNHU, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, has now won 21 of its last 25, including 14 of 17 and 11 of 13.
- Southern New Hampshire's seven losses match what the team had following 57 games at the end of last season.
-The Penmen, who served as the home team, swept Stonehill in a doubleheader Saturday.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Tuesday, April 18 (6 p.m.) when they play host to in-state rival Franklin Pierce University at Penmen Field.

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