YAPHANK, N.Y. - Molloy College rallied for a 13-12, 12-inning baseball victory over Southern New Hampshire University in game one of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Baseball Heaven, then completed the sweep with an 8-4 win in the nightcap. The Lions improved to 6-1 with the victories, while the Penmen now stand at 1-6 on the season.
In the opener, SNHU plated seven runs in the top of the first inning. The Penmen banged out five hits, including a leadoff home run by Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, MA) and a two-run triple by Joseph Gargan (Hudson, NH). Southern New Hampshire sent 11 men to the plate, with O'Neil also delivering an RBI single in his second trip to the plate. The Penmen also knocked Lion starter Michael Vecchione out after just 2/3 of an inning of work.
Molloy plated three runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the SNHU lead to 10-9, but the Penmen would score twice in the top of the ninth to take a 12-9 lead. O'Neil cracked his second home run of the game to right center with two outs, then the next batter, Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH) singled to left. A double by Jeff Giannino (Beverly, MA) would plate Rines.
The Lions scored three times in the bottom of the ninth, with T.J. Greig registering a two-run single with two outs to tie the game 12-12. Greig would once again be the hero for Molloy in the bottom of the 12th as he led off the inning with a walkoff home run to right.
O'Neil, Rines and Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) each had three hits for Southern New Hampshire, with O'Neil and Gargan each driving in three runs. Derek Anderson (Dracut, MA) took the loss for SNHU, working 3.2 innings of relief. Greig had a 5-7 game at the plate for the Lions, knocking in four runs. Michael Maddi earned the win, hurling three innings of one-hit relief.
In the nightcap, Molloy jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning and held a 7-0 advantage after four innings. The Penmen scored all four of their runs in the seventh and final frame, with Gargan driving in Rines on a double to right and Strong belting a three-run home run to left-center.
A.J. Dusablon (Burlington, VT) pitched the first four innings for the Penmen, allowing six earned runs on six hits. Eric Williams picked up the win for Molloy, pitching a complete-game six hitter.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action next weekend when it travels to C.W. Post for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.
NOTES: With 10 home runs through its first seven games, Southern New Hampshire has matched last season's total...Strong batted .375 in the four-game series with Molloy and hit safely in all four games.