WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team dropped two games Saturday afternoon against New Haven by scores of 10-1 and 8-3 in a Northeast-10 conference doubleheader. The Penmen are now 11-16 overall and 4-6 in the NE-10, while the Chargers improved to 21-7 and 9-5 in the conference.
In the opener, the Chargers broke up a scoreless game with three runs in the third. Joe Romanelli and David Wirkus both walked to begin the frame and Ryan Brockett's single loaded the bases with one out. An error by Penmen starter Steve Golbranson (Abington, Mass.) allowed Romanelli and Wirkus to score. Tom Ballardo then singled home Brockett to make it 3-0.
Up four, the Chargers would tack on another four runs in the fifth after back-to-back walks to Brockett and Cory Carr to open the inning. After an error allowed Ballardo to reach, a wild pitch allowed the runners to move up a base as Brockett came in the back door. Jordan Kershaw then tripled to plate two more, and then scored himself on error. Kyle Pettronuto doubled, which spelled the end of Golbranson's day after 3.2 innings.
The Chargers scored again in the sixth and in the eighth, and the Penmen scored their run in the seventh after Patrick Copp (Cumberland, Maine) plated Brandon Dutch (Monroe, Conn.) on a bases loaded walk. Dutch finished with three hits in the opener.
New Haven's Chris Smith scattered five hits over seven innings while striking out six.
In the second game, New Haven got on the board in the first after Shane O'Connell's sacrifice fly knocked in Brockett following his triple. Southern New Hampshire evened things up with a run in the fourth after Tim Rines' (Merrimack, N.H.) RBI groundout scored Thomas Quicker (West Islip, N.Y.).
The Chargers took control in the fifth, scoring five times on four hits and three errors. Kershaw led off with a single and advanced to second on a fielder's choice and an error. Kyle Donnelly reached on an error, allowing Kershaw to score. Rombilius and Brockett followed with RBI base knocks before Pettoruto reached on an error to plate another run. New Haven tacked on two more runs in the seventh.
In the ninth, the Penmen loaded the bases on a Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) walk and singles by Jeff Giannino (Beverly, Mass.) and Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass). Copp worked a bases loaded walk and Scott Rogers (Orr's Island, Maine) plated another run with an RBI groundout.
Bryant Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) took the loss on the hill for the Penmen, surrendering seven hits and five earned runs in five innings of work. Quicker had two hits to lead the Penmen in the nightcap, while Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.) extended his hit streak to seven games with a fourth-inning single.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action tomorrow afternoon when the Penmen travel to American International for a noon doubleheader.