RINDGE, N.H. - Junior Steve Golbranson (Abington, MA) fired a complete-game six hit shutout to lead Southern New Hampshire University to a 2-0 win over Franklin Pierce University in Northeast-10 baseball Tuesday afternoon at Pappas Field. The Penmen, who have now won five in a row for the first time since 2006, improved to 6-8 and 3-0 in the NE-10, while the Ravens are now 7-10 and 0-1 in the league.
SNHU's win was the first over the Ravens since an 8-6 victory on April 17, 2003, a span of 14 games.
The Penmen would score both of their runs in the top of the sixth inning. Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH) led off the inning with a single to shortstop then advanced to second when the ball was thrown away. The next batter, Skyler Byrd (Milford, NH) walked, then Joe Gargan (Hudson, NH) would ground a ball back to FPU pitcher Brian Maloney. Maloney would try to get Rines at third but committed an error. Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) would then single to right center to plate both Rines and Byrd.
Franklin Pierce's best chance to score came in the bottom of the ninth as it loaded the bases with two out following a walk by Eric Pearson and Golbranson hitting Mike Dowd. Golbranson would then get out of the jam by getting Ben Beningo to ground back to the mound, and Golbranson would throw out Derek Ingui at the plate. Ingui had led off the inning with a double.
Golbranson improved to 3-0, allowing just six hits while striking out nine and walking two in his complete-game effort. FPU starter Mike Adams took the loss, working 5-plus innings and allowing four hits while striking out six. Eric Pelletier (Beverly, MA) had two hits for Southern New Hampshire, while Dowd had two of FPU's six hits.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday when it travels to Assumption College for a 3:30 contest