Baseball Edged by Nova Southeastern 5-4


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Host Nova Southeastern University edged Southern New Hampshire University 5-4 in baseball Monday night at the NSU Baseball Complex.  The Sharks improve to 15-14 overall, while the Penmen are now 5-7 on the season.

Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning.  After Brandon Dutch (Monroe, Conn.) reached on a one-out single, Shark pitching issued four straight walks, with Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) and Scott Rogers (Orr’s Island, Maine) working bases-loaded walks.  The third Penmen run would score with Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) scored on a wild pitch.

Nova Southeastern would score twice in the bottom of the second, then added single runs in the third and fifth to take a 4-3 lead.  Southern New Hampshire would tie the game in the top of the sixth when Boulter worked a two-out walked and scored on a single by Rogers.  NSU scored the game-winner in the bottom of the seventh when Nikko Echevarria singled to lead off the frame and scored on a double by Rhys Roberts.

SNHU would load the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth, but the hosts struck out the final Penmen batter to end the threat.

Rogers led the Penmen by going 1-3 with a walk and two runs driven in.  SNHU was outhit 12-5 but worked six walks.  Southern New Hampshire starter Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, N.H.) went seven innings and allowed 12 hits and five runs while fanning five.  Derek Anderson (Dracut, Mass.) hurled two perfect innings of relief with one strikeout.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday when it heads to Barry University for a 4:00 twinbill.