MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Southern Connecticut State University baseball team swept a Northeast-10 baseball doubleheader from Southern New Hampshire University by scores of 8-5 and 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Penmen Field. The Owls improve to 24-19 and 19-10 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 14-25-1 and 11-17-1 in the league.
In the opener, SNHU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) and Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, MA) led off the game with back-to-back singles. Strong would score when the next batter, Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH) reached on a fielding error by the SCSU shortstop. O'Neil scored from third on a wild pitch, and immediately after, Rines would make it 3-0 when he was awarded home after Owl starter Maxx Catapano threw the ball into his dugout after the play.
The Owls would get a run back in the second on a solo home run by Eric Schlitter, then score five times in the third to take a 6-3 lead. Southern Connecticut had four hits but also took advantage of a Penmen error, a hit by pitch and a passed ball. The Penmen would get two runs back in the bottom of the frame when a double by Jeff Giannino (Beverly, MA) scored Bobby Wronski (Arlington, MA) and a single by Koby Thibault (Salisbury, MA) scored Skyler Byrd (Milford, NH). SCSU would add solo runs in the sixth and eighth innings.
A.J. Rouleau led the Owls with three hits while Schlitter finished with a pair of RBI. O'Neil finished with three hits for the Penmen, while Strong and Thibault each had a pair of hits. SNHU starter Brad Monroe (Hampton, NH) worked just 2.1 innings and took the loss.
Schlitter broke open a scoreless second game in the fourth inning with a two-run single through the right side that scored Andrew Babb and Nick DeProspo. The Penmen got a run back in the seventh when O'Neil led off the inning with an infield single and eventually scored on a groundout by Wronski. Southern Connecticut would tack on an insurance run in the ninth when Kyle Rosadino led off with a single and scored on a single by Karl Derbacher.
Eight of SCSU's nine starters finished with one hit as the Owls outhit the Penmen 8-3 in the win. Ed Bethke went the distance on the mound for Southern Connecticut, fanning four. O'Neil, Thibault and Curtis Burke (Bristol, RI) had the three SNHU hits. Penmen starter A.J. Dusablon (Burlington, VT) worked seven innings and scattered six hits and fanned three, but issued five walks.
Southern New Hampshire closes out its season Sunday at Southern Connecticut with a 1:00 contest.