MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University and Pace University split a Northeast-10 baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Setters posted an 11-3 win in the opener before the Penmen came back to register a 10-5 win in the nightcap. Pace is now 7-17 and 3-9 in the NE-10, while Southern New Hampshire is 10-14 and 3-4 in the league.
The Penmen took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first of the nightcap on a two-run home run by Thomas Quicker (West Islip, N.Y.). SNHU would make it 3-1 in the third when Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.) reached on a leadoff single and scored from third on a wild pitch.
Pace would score three unearned runs in the sixth, collecting a pair of hits but also taking advantage of two SNHU errors and a hit by pitch. The Penmen would take the lead for good in the bottom of the frame as it scored five times, including a three-run double to the gap in left by Brandon Dutch (Monroe, Conn.). All five of SNHU’s runs came with two outs.
The hosts added two runs in the seventh. Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) was hit by a pitch to start the inning and scored on a sac fly by Quicker. Scott Rogers (Orr’s Island, Maine), who followed Minucci by working a walk, scored on a wild pitch.
Quicker, Pelletier and Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) each finished with two hits in the nightcap, with Quicker driving in four runs. Bryant Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) picked up his second win of the season on the hill, scattering seven hits and allowing four runs (one earned) in six innings of work.
In the opener, Pace scored in five of the first six innings, including a five-run sixth, to build an 11-3 lead. The Penmen led 3-2 after one frame, with Quicker and Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) each recording RBI singles, but the Setters would get two runs in the second and a solo home run by Vinny Dammann in the third. In the sixth, Pace got just two hits, but took advantage of two walks and a pair of Penmen fielding miscues, as well as a wild pitch.
Bobby Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) led SNHU with a pair of hits in the opener as Pace outhit Southern New Hampshire 11-7. Dammann and Tyler Hart each had two hits and three RBI for the Setters.
Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, N.H.) took the loss for SNHU, allowing nine hits and six runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings while fanning five.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Monday when it travels to Stonehill College for a 3:30 game.