When and Where: April 18, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Franklin Pierce University 2
Records: SNHU 26-7 (12-2 NE10, 7-1 NE10 NE), FPU 22-11 (12-5 NE10, 8-3 NE10 NE)
Senior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) drilled a game-changing home run and junior Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) held down Franklin Pierce University for the second time in two weeks as the fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team posted an 8-2 victory Tuesday evening at Penmen Field.
Franklin Pierce jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. John Friday's two-out double to the gap in left-center brought in the first run before Stephen Octave drove him in with a single to center prior to be thrown out trying to take second after the throw home was just late.
With the Ravens holding all the momentum, Southern New Hampshire transformed the game and tied it with one swing in the bottom of the fifth when Bauer drove a 3-1 offering the other way and over the fence in the left-center field power alley. Junior Kyle Pangallo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored ahead of Bauer after singling to left-center in the at-bat prior.
SNHU went ahead in the fifth with a trio of unearned runs. After junior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) was hit with a pitch to begin the inning and sophomore Kyle Ruth (Albany, N.Y.) doubled down the left field line, the Penmen had a pair in scoring position with two outs for graduate student Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.), who hit a grounder to third that looked like it would end the inning, but the umpire ruled the Franklin Pierce first baseman's foot came off the bag and Potter scored to make it 3-2. Pangallo followed with a hard-hit ball in the hole that ricocheted off the shortstop and brought in a pair of runs that extended the lead to 5-2.
Potter made it 6-2 in the sixth as he crushed the first pitch he saw to left-center for a solo shot that nudged the lead to four.
Southern New Hampshire added to its lead in the seventh as Goldstein led off with a single to center and Pangallo walked before Bauer sacrificed them into scoring position. Then, with two outs, redshirt-sophomore John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) hit a ball to third that caromed off the lip of the infield grass and into left field, bringing home both runs to make it 8-2.
Bauer finished 1-for-2 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored, while Pangallo was 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Stanton (two RBI), Potter (RBI, two runs) and Ruth (walk, run) were all 1-for-3.
Powers went the distance, allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out 11 and walking one, in nine innings.
- SNHU has now won 22 of its last 26, including 15 of 18 and 12 of 14.
- Powers threw a complete game against the Ravens for the second time in 14 days after firing a five-hit shutout with eight strikeouts and two walks in a 1-0 win on April 5 in Rindge.
- Powers has now gone the distance in each of his last three starts, going 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA and a 32-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 innings.
- Bauer's home run was his team-leading fifth of the season, while it was the second long-ball for Potter.
- The three-hit game was Pangallo's third of the season.
The Penmen return to action Friday, April 21 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Bentley University at Penmen Field.
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