MANCHESTER, NH – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team fell to the Skyhawks of Stonehill College by a score of 3-1 in the home opener at Penmen Field. Stonehill improved to 3-5 and 1-0 in the Northeast-10, while the Penmen are 3-4 and 0-1 in the league.
Stonehill jumped out to the early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as first baseman Angelo Bruno drove a home run to straight-away center field to score Scott Hackett, who reached on a single.
The Penmen answered quickly, as Robert Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) stroked an RBI double into the gap that scored Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.) to halve the Skyhawks advantage.
The Skyhawks added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning as Rich McHugh lined an RBI single to left field, plating Shane Franz who reached on a hit-by-pitch.
Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, N.H.) pitched the first six innings for the Penmen, allowing only two earned runs on five hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts. Derrick Sylvester (Franklin, N.H.) made his first appearance in relief on the season for Southern New Hampshire, striking out four in two innings. Bryant Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) pitched the top of the ninth inning, retiring all three batters, two via the strikeout.
Alex McCormick pitched seven innings for Stonehill, allowing only one earned run on six hits while registering five strikeouts. Joe SantaBarbara and Brendan Shepard pitched two hitless innings to relieve the starting pitcher.
The Penmen kick off their Florida swing Friday when they face Saint Michael's in Lantana, Florida for a 12:30 game.