BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. - Southern New Hampshire University split a baseball doubleheader with Dowling College on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Lions registered a 2-1 win in the opener, while the Penmen rallied for a 3-2 win in the nightcap. Both teams are now 2-2 on the season. Dowling is the defending East Region champion and is ranked No. 28 among Division II schools.
Trailing 1-0 entering the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) led off the inning with an infield single, and moved to second after SNHU's No. 9 hitter, Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) worked a walk. After an out, the Penmen loaded the bases when Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.) was hit by a pitch. Following another out, Bobby Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) delivered a two-run double down the left field line to score Minucci and Spatkowski.
The Penmen would add an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Minucci reached with two outs when he was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Spatkowski. Dowling would plate a run in the bottom of the ninth and had a runner in scoring position with one out, but SNHU starter Bryant Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) induced a pair of groundouts to preserve the win.
Gauthier scattered six hits in his complete-game effort, fanning seven while walking just two and allowing one earned run. Dowling starter Nicholas Albero allowed just four hits and struck out eight without a walk in seven innings of work. Andrew Valera took the loss for the Golden Lions, allowing a pair of runs in the eighth, his lone inning of work.
Pelletier led Southern New Hampshire with a pair of hits, while Frank Intagliata had two of Dowling's six hits.
In the opener, SNHU staked itself to a 1-0 lead in the third when Spatkowski and scored on a groundout by Pelletier. Dowling tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Intagliata reached on a one-out single and scored on a groundout by Colin Barnathan. The Golden Lions recorded a walkoff win in the bottom of the seventh of the seven-inning contest when Daniel Pembroke's single plated Brian Ferguson.
Buddy Cipoletti worked two innings of hitless relief, fanning five, to pick up the win for Dowling. Freshman Derrick Sylvester (Franklin, N.H.) went the distance for SNHU and allowed four hits in 6.2 innings of work, striking out five but walking six. Intagliata had two of Dowling's four hits in the opener.
Southern New Hampshire is back in action next weekend when it travels to C.W. Post for a pair of doubleheaders next Saturday and Sunday.