WALTHAM, Mass. – Freshman Thomas Quicker (West Islip, N.Y.) went 3-5 and knocked in a pair of runs as Southern New Hampshire University posted a 6-2 Northeast-10 baseball win over Bentley University at DeFelice Field Friday. The Penmen, who completed a two-game season sweep of the Falcons, are now 17-22-1 overall and 10-12-1 in the NE-10, while Bentley is 20-23 and 12-12 in the league.
With the win, the Penmen remain in the hunt for the sixth and final playoff spot in the upcoming Northeast-10 Tournament. Southern New Hampshire has three league games remaining, a doubleheader against league-leading Southern Connecticut at home Saturday and a single game against Merrimack on the road Sunday.
SNHU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) worked a one-out walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Quicker followed with a single to second and scored on a triple by Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.).
Bentley tied the game with single runs in the fourth and fifth. In the fourth, James Roche singled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Lamarre Rey. In the fifth, a Mark Lane single plated Chris Hardy.
The Penmen built a 6-2 lead by scoring single runs in four straight innings starting with the sixth. In the sixth, Eric Pelletier (Beverly, Mass.) worked a one-out walk and scored on a single by Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.). Rines would make it 4-2 in the seventh when he scored on a Quicker single.
Pelletier opened the eighth with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Spatkowski. In the ninth, the Penmen added an insurance run with two outs when a Quicker single down the left field line plated Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.), who reached on a one-out walk.
Bentley would score three times in the bottom of the ninth and get the winning run to the plate. Rey led off the inning with a home run, and after Vinnie Eruzione struck out swinging, Charlie Pagliarulo was hit by a pitch. Ross Curley then doubled to give the Falcons two runners in scoring position, and Hardy would single to make it a 6-5 game. SNHU reliever Garrett Jewell (Alexandria, N.H.) then got Vinnie Damato to fly out and Lane to pop out to end the game.
Boulter had two hits for the Penmen as they outhit Bentley 10-8. Hardy and Rey each finished with a pair of hits and two RBI for the Falcons. SNHU starter Derrick Sylvester (Franklin, N.H.) went seven innings and allowed five hits while fanning three to improve to 3-3. Jewell earned the save by working the final two innings.
Dan Murphy fanned nine in eight innings of work and took the loss for Bentley, surrendering nine hits and walking four.