MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University edged Saint Anselm College 2-1 in a Northeast-10 baseball contest Thursday afternoon at Sullivan Park. The Penmen, who fell to the Hawks 3-0 on Tuesday, improved to 15-20-1 and 8-10-1 in the NE-10, while the hosts are now 10-24 and 8-12 in the league.
Southern New Hampshire broke open a scoreless game by manufacturing a run in the fourth. Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) and Thomas Quicker (West Islip, N.Y.) opened the inning with back-to-back singles, then both moved into scoring position on a sac bunt by Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.). Brandon Dutch (Monroe, Conn.) then delivered a sac fly to left to plate Rines.
Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) made it 2-0 in the seventh with two outs when he parked a 1-0 pitch from David Giarrusso over the fence in right, his second home run of the season .
The Hawks would get on the board with a run in the eighth. Robert Kelly hit a sharp grounder just inside the third base bag that went for a double with one out. After another out, SNHU hurler Derrick Sylvester (Franklin, N.H.) hit Matt Stone, who was pinch run for by Eric Baca. James Garrigan then singled to shallow center, but Baca would be gunned down at third by SNHU center fielder Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.). The umpires initially ruled Kelly did not cross home before the out, but later reversed the call to make it 2-1.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Garczynski doubled to lead off the inning, then advanced to third on a sac bunt by Josh Lafond. The next batter, Steve Panza, sent a dribbler down the first base line that Pelletier, playing first, charged and threw out Garczynski at home, with SNHU catcher Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) holding onto the ball after a collision at the plate.
The Hawks would get a runner into scoring position when Richie Manzi reached on an error, moving Panza to second. Sylvester would end the game by getting TJ Murphy to swing at a high 1-2 fastball for his fifth strikeout.
Sylvester allowed 10 hits but walked just one in his complete-game victory, his second complete game of the season. Giarrusso allowed just four hits for Saint Anselm and fanned two. Garrigan led the Hawks with three hits while Kelly, Stone and Panza had two hits apiece.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it travels to Adelphi University for a noon doubleheader.