RINDGE, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team split a twinbill with Merrimack College on Tuesday afternoon at Pappas Field in Rindge, N.H. The Penmen took the first game by a score of 3-1, then fell to the Warriors 3-1 in the nightcap. After today’s games, the Penmen even their record at 3-3, while Merrimack’s record lands at 1-1.
SNHU would take the lead in the bottom of the third as Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) tripled to right center and then stole home. Merrimack would answer in the top of the fourth when Tim Curran would reach on an error, advance to second, and then score on a single by teammate Ed Mederios.
The Penmen would take the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fourth. Robert Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) singled to left field and advanced to second on a single by Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.). Jeff Giannino (Beverly, Mass.) would then single to right field, scoring Wronski. A lead-off homerun by Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) in the bottom of the fifth would solidify the 3-1 victory for the Penmen.
Garrett Jewell (Alexandria, N.H.) earned the win on the mound for SNHU, allowing one run and three hits in 6.0 innings of work. He also added eight strikeouts and only walked three batters. Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, N.H.) earned the save, tossing two strikeouts and allowing no hits in one inning of work. Ellis went the distance for Merrimack, striking out eight but giving up six hits.
In the nightcap, Merrimack would put the first tally on the board in the bottom of the third as Paul Manganiello would walk, advance to second on a balk, steal third and score on a wild pitch by SNHU pitcher Derek Anderson (Dracut, Mass). The Penmen would even the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning as Rines, who reached on a fielder’s choice, would score on a double to right field by Giannino. Merrimack would tally runs in the bottom of the fourth and sixth innings to capture the 3-1 win.
Taylor Eames (Epsom, N.H.), Anderson, and Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) each pitched 2.0 innings for the Penmen, but the loss fell to Anderson, who gave up one hit and the go-ahead Merrimack run. McNeil earned the win for the Warriors, going the distance with eight strikeouts and holding the Penmen to five hits.
The Penmen will be back in action this Saturday and Sunday, traveling to play back-to-back doubleheaders with C.W. Post. Game times are slated for 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on both days.