Walkinshaw Dazzles, as #8 Baseball Downs Caldwell, 9-2, in Florida Opener

Walkinshaw Dazzles, as #8 Baseball Downs Caldwell, 9-2, in Florida Opener

BOX SCORE

When and Where: March 10, 2019 – Lantana, Fla. (Santaluces Complex)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 9, Caldwell University 2
Records: SNHU 9-3, Caldwell 2-1

Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) struck out a career-high 13 batters over eight shutout innings, as the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team opened its Florida trip with a 9-2 victory over Caldwell University on Sunday afternoon at the Santaluces Complex.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Walkinshaw (2-0) scattered six hits and did not walk a batter in his stellar outing.
  • Junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) went 3-for-4 at the plate with a walk and two runs scored.
  • Grad student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored.
  • Junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) also turned in a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Southern New Hampshire grabbed the game's first run in the bottom of the first when junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) drew a leadoff walk, went to second when redshirt-junior Sean Doherty (Haverhill, Mass.) reached on an error, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly to right from sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.).
  • The score stayed 1-0 into the fourth when senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) led off with a doubled and went to third on a wild pitch. After freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) walked, Stanton came through with a double that made it 2-0 and put a pair in scoring position. Doherty's two-out double three batters later plated both runs to put the Penmen up, 4-0.
  • After retiring the first 12 batters he faced, Walkinshaw escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth with a big strikeout and fly ball to center.
  • SNHU added two more in the seventh, with Coro drawing a leadoff walk and Faircloth singling, before an error put both in scoring position. Kennedy came through two batters later with a two-run single that stretched the lead to 6-0.
  • Doherty was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth inning, with Henrie following by working a walk, before an RBI double from Coro and two-run double from Faircloth broke it wide open at 9-0.
  • With Walkinshaw out of the game for the ninth, Caldwell finally found the scoreboard, as Luis Rullan's one-out, two-run single made it 9-2.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Kennedy finished 1-for-1 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored in his Penmen debut.
  • Henrie was 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run.
  • Doherty (two RBI, run), Zbierski (run) and redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) all went 1-for-4.
  • Senior Xavier Czepiel (Southampton, N.J.) relinquished two runs on three hits, striking out a pair and not walking a batter, in an inning of work.

NOTES

  • Southern New Hampshire has won eight of its last nine and two straight.
  • Walkinshaw takes over sole possession of fourth place on the program's all-time wins list with his 18th career victory. He needs just two more wins to move into second place.

UP NEXT

  • The Penmen return to action Monday, March 11 when they take on Post University in doubleheader action.

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