Baseball Splits with Wilmington

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team split a doubleheader with Wilmington (Del.) University at Diamond Nation Sunday afternoon.  The Wildcats (3-1) posted a walkoff 8-7 victory in the opener, while the Penmen (1-3) registered a 4-0 win in the nightcap.

In game two, sophomore transfer Timothy Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) picked up the complete game shutout victory.  Flight, a transfer from Charleston Southern, worked seven innings, allowing just four hits and fanning six while walking two.  Flight worked four 1-2-3 innings and all four of Wilmington's hits were singles.

The Penmen staked themselves to a 1-0 lead in the third.  With two outs, Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) tripled, and following a Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) walk, Robert Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) singled to score Rines.

Southern  New Hampshire would score three more times in the fifth.  Juan Amador (Derry, N.H.) led off the inning with an opposite field home run to right to make it 2-0.  Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) and Rines hit back-to-back singles and advanced on a botched pickoff play.  Wollerman would score on a passed ball, while Wronski drove in Rines with a sacrifice fly.

The Penmen collected nine hits in the nightcap, with Rines going 2-4.

The opener was a see-saw battle that saw the Wildcats secure the victory with a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth.  Trailing 1-0 in the top of the fourth, the Penmen scored twice to take a 2-1 lead.  Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, Mass) singled to lead off the inning, with Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) reaching on a bunt single.  After Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) bunted the pair over, an infield single by Amador scored O'Neil.  Spatkowski would score on a single by Rines.

Trailing 4-2, the Penmen tied the game in the sixth.  After Spatkowski led off the frame with a single, he scored on a triple to the right-center field gap by Amador.  After the next two batters were hit by pitchers, Amador would score on a sacrifice fly by Boulter.

The Penmen would tie the game two more times.  Down 5-4 in the seventh, Albert Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) led off the inning with a home run.  Trailing 7-5 in the ninth after the Wildcats picked up solo runs in the seventh and eighth, Stanton led off the inning with a single, then O'Neil homered to tie the game again.

Amador, O'Neil, Stanton and Spatkowski all finished with two hits in the opener.  Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) started for Southern New Hampshire and went 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and five runs (four earned) while fanning four.  Garrett Jewell (Alexandria, N.H.) worked the final three innings and gave up six hits and three runs while striking out two.

Southern New Hampshire is scheduled to face C.W. Post on Long Island for a doubleheader Friday starting at noon.