Baseball Holds Off Stonehill 4-3


MANCHESTER, N.H. - Richard Pecoraro (Hampton Bays, NY) went 4-for-4 at the plate and Ryan Quinn (Lebanon, CT) struck out eight in eight innings on the hill to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 4-3 Northeast-10 baseball victory over Stonehill College at Penmen Field Thursday afternoon.  The Penmen improved to 13-21-1 overall and 10-13-1 in the NE-10 with the win, while the Skyhawks are now 20-16 and 10-10 in the league.

SNHU jumped on the board with three runs in the first inning.  Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) led off the game with a single, then scored when the next batter, Eric Pelletier (Beverly, MA) tripled down the right field line.  Pelletier would make it 2-0 when he scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH).  Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, MA) would single with two away to extend his hit streak to 12 games, and would score on a Pecoraro single.  Jeff Giannino (Beverly, MA), who followed O'Neil's single by reaching on a hit by pitch, was gunned down at the plate trying to score on the hit.

Stonehill would cut the lead to 3-2 in the fourth on a two-run home run to right by Angelo Bruno, but the Penmen would grab another run in the bottom of the sixth.  Giannino reached on a single and scored when Curtis Burke (Bristol, RI) reached on a bases-loaded fielders' choice.  Stonehill cut the lead to one again in the eighth when Bruno reached on a one-out double to the gap in right-center and scored on a single by Shane Franz.

Quinn scattered eight hits for the Penmen in eight innings of work to earn his fourth win of the season.  Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, NH) worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.  Eric Haughn took the loss for Stonehill, surrendering nine hits in five-plus innings and getting charged with all four Penmen runs.

O'Neil and Burke also finished with two hits apiece for SNHU as the Penmen outhit the Skyhawks 12-8.  Bruno and Ryan Healey each had two hits for Stonehill.

SNHU and Stonehill meet again Friday in Easton, MA at 3:30.