GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Host Adelphi University took both ends of a Northeast-10 baseball doubleheader with Southern New Hampshire University by scores of 8-1 and 3-1 Saturday afternoon. The Panthers improve to 29-12 and 15-7 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are 15-22-1 and 8-12-1 in the league.
In the opener, Adelphi scored three runs in the third and fourth and added single tallies in the fifth and sixth to take an 8-0 lead. In the third the Panthers got three unearned runs after Trevor Thorstensen, while in the fourth, the hosts got an RBI double from Lucas Romeo and an RBI triple from Richard McCarren.
The Penmen would plate their only run in the top of the ninth when pinch hitter Jeff Giannino (Beverly, Mass.) doubled to lead off the inning and came home when Thomas Quicker (West Islip, N.Y.) hit into a double play.
Chris Weidlein led Adelphi with three hits as the Panthers outhit SNHU 11-7. AU starter Keith Couch allowed six hits in 7.2 innings of work while fanning 10. Bryant Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) took the loss for the Penmen, allowing nine hits and seven runs (four earned) in five innings while fanning five.
In the nightcap, Adelphi took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Justin Ciamillo homered. The Panthers would make it 2-0 in the fourth when Justin Farnum doubled to open the frame and scored when Craig Matteo grounded into a double play.
The Penmen would halve the lead in the top of the fifth. Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) led off with a single, and after moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.), scored on a double by Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.). Adelphi would make it 3-1 in the seventh when leadoff batter Lucas Romeo reached on an error, and pinch runner Matt Barle, running for Romeo, scored on a sac fly by Anthony Anzalone.
Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) and Spatkowski opened the ninth with back-to-back singles for Southern New Hampshire, knocking Adelphi starter Robert Nixon out of the game. Massad would reach on a bunt single off Panther reliever Dillon McNamara to load the bases, but McNamara would fan the next three hitters as the Penmen left the bases full.
Nixon fanned five and allowed eight hits in his eight innings of work, while McNamara earned his second save of the season. Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, N.H.) went the distance on the hill for SNHU, allowing nine hits and three runs while striking out seven.
Spatkowski was 3-4 to lead SNHU in the nightcap as both teams finished with nine hits. Richard McCarren had three hits for Adelphi.
Southern New Hampshire hosts Bentley Sunday in a single game starting at 1:00.