MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from Saint Michael’s College by scores of 13-4 and 8-2 Friday afternoon at Penmen Field. The Penmen, who have now won four in a row, improve to 9-13, while the Purple Knights are 1-12 on the season.
In the opener, SNHU staked itself to a 3-0 lead in the first when Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.) hit a three-run home run down the left field line. The Penmen would then score eight times in the second to take an 11-0 lead. In that frame, Southern New Hampshire pounded out six hits, including a two-run single by Brendan O’Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and a two-run triple by Bobby Wronski (Arlington, Mass.), and also took advantage of two walks, an error, and a hit by pitch.
The Penmen would add single runs in the third when a single by Brandon Dutch (Monroe, Conn.) singled to score Thomas Quicker (West Islip, N.Y.) and in the fourth when Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) belted a solo home run to center.
Eight of the nine Penmen starters had at least one hit as SNHU outhit Saint Michael’s 13-3. Pelletier, Dutch and Scott Rogers (Orr’s Island, Maine) each finished with a pair of hits. Freshman starter John Pickowicz (Hill, N.H.) earned the win, allowing just one hit in six innings of work and fanning nine and surrendering just one run.
In the nightcap, the Penmen once again opened with a three-run first frame. A Pelletier single plated O’Brien and Quicker, while Pelletier would score on an RBI single by Wronski to center.
SNHU extended its lead to 7-0 by scoring twice in the third and two more times in the fourth. In the third, a single by Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) plated Quicker, while Nick Leva (Cambridge, Mass.) worked a bases-loaded walk to score Wronski. Wronski would belt a two-run home run to left in the fourth that also scored Quicker, who had reached on a one-out single.
Saint Michael’s would score their only two runs in the eighth when a single by Matt Beaulieu plated Tyler Hotte and Bryan Geary. The Penmen would score in the bottom of the frame when Rogers worked a leadoff walk and scored on a sac fly by Quicker.
Freshman Taylor Eames (Epsom, N.H.) earned the win on the hill for the Penmen, scattering four hits in eight innings of work while racking up 10 strikeouts. Quicker and Wronski finished with three hits apiece as SNHU outhit Saint Michael’s 14-4. Wronski also knocked in three runs.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it hosts Pace University in a noon Northeast-10 doubleheader.