SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team, playing its second road doubleheader in two days, won two games by the scores of 4-3 and 7-4 over American International College on Sunday afternoon in a Northeast-10 conference twinbill. The Penmen broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning of game one, and plated three runs in the tenth inning of game two for the sweep. The Penmen improved to 13-16 on the year and 6-6 in the NE-10, while the Yellow Jackets fell to 6-20 overall and 3-13 in the conference.
In the opener, Jeff Giannino's (Beverly, Mass.) solo home run in the eighth inning proved to be the eventual winning run, and Garrett Jewell (Alexandria, N.H.) came on thereafter to toss two hitless innings for his second save of the year. Jewell relieved starter Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, N.H.), who allowed just three earned runs over seven innings for his first win.
The Penmen got on the board early on after Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) led off the game with a double. He proceeded to steal third and then scored on a balk by John Hanna, staking Southern New Hampshire to an early 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.) led off with a single and would eventually score on a Tim Rines' (Merrimack, N.H.) RBI single. After being hit by a pitch, Brandon Dutch (Monroe, Conn.) would come around to score as well after Giannino's RBI sacrifice extended the Penmen lead to 3-0.
In the bottom half, the Yellow Jackets would tie it up with three runs of their own. Sean McClelland tripled down the right field line with one out, and would score after Mike Tranghese singled up the middle. Dillon Fontaine followed with a single of his own, and Dan Bassani's ground rule double plated Tranghese. Anthony Arichiello then grounded out to short as Fontaine came in the back door to tie it.
O'Brien and Pelletier both had two hits apiece for the Penmen.
In the second game, the Yellow Jackets owned a 4-2 lead heading into the eighth. Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) and Dutch opened the inning with consecutive singles for Southern New Hampshire, and Rines sacrificed advancing the runners to second and third. After Giannino had an RBI groundout to plate Boulter, Dutch stole home to tie it up.
The Penmen would add three more in the tenth after Pelletier was hit by a pitch and Boulter worked a walk to begin the inning. Dutch and Rines followed with back-to-back RBI singles, and Dutch would later score on an error.
Dutch had two hits, scored twice, and knocked in a run, while Rines had two runs batted in.
Freshman Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) came on in relief in the seventh inning to get out of a jam, and tossed 3.2 hitless innings for his first collegiate victory. Penmen starter Derrick Sylvester (Franklin, N.H.) allowed three runs in 5.2 IP while striking out five Yellow Jackets.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Merrimack College at Penmen Field for a 3:30 contest.