MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team fell to Saint Anselm College 3-0 Tuesday afternoon at Penmen Field in a Northeast-10 conference matchup. The Hawks scored once in the fourth, sixth, and eighth innings to account for the final. With the loss, the Penmen fell to 14-20-1 overall and 7-10-1 in the NE-10. The Hawks improved to 10-22 on the year and 8-11 in the conference.
Saint Anselm starter John Healy threw a complete game shutout, scattering seven hits over nine innings. He struck out five and walked just one.
For the Penmen, starter Steve Golbranson (Abington, Mass.) allowed just two runs and six hits over seven innings in the loss.
Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) led the way with two hits for Southern New Hampshire, while TJ Murphy had three hits for the Hawks on the afternoon.
Saint Anselm pushed across the eventual winning run in the fourth. Matt Sucharewicz began the frame with a single up the middle and would later score on a James Garrigan triple that kicked up chalk on the right field line, staking Saint Anselm to a 1-0 lead.
After Saint Anselm's Richie Manzi walked in the fifth, he found himself on third with two outs following a stolen base and wild pitch. But he was cut down at the plate after a pitch in the dirt ricocheted off the backstop and back to catcher Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.), who flipped to a covering Golbranson at the plate to end the inning.
In the bottom half, Spatkowski singled to center with one out and Scott Rogers (Orr's Island, Maine) singled to left center to put runners on first and second with two down, but Brendan O'Brien's (East Bridgewater, Mass.) sharp liner was tracked down by the centerfielder Murphy to keep the score 1-0.
Saint Anselm began its half of the sixth by loading the bases on a single by Robert Kelly, a walk by Sucharewicz, and an infield single by Murphy. With one out, Garrigan chopped a grounder down the line that third baseman Thomas Quicker (West Islip, N.Y.) handled with his foot on the bag, retiring Sucharewicz who had been on second. His throw to the plate appeared to erase Kelly at home, but the play was no longer a force, and Kelly crossed the plate untagged for Saint Anselm's second run on the afternoon.
In the bottom half, Southern New Hampshire had its best opportunity to cut into the Hawks' lead after Quicker and Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) reached on singles. A throwing error by Garrigan in right allowed both runners to move up, putting men on second and third with one out, but Healey got Brandon Dutch (Monroe, Conn.) to strike out swinging and Boulter to ground out, stranding a pair.
Saint Anselm scored its third run in the eighth when Murphy stole home on a double steal.
The Penmen return to action on Thursday when they travel to Saint Anselm for a 3:30 NE-10 contest.