Baseball Halves Twinbill with Molloy

Baseball Halves Twinbill with Molloy

YAPHANK, N.Y. – Sophomore lefthander Timothy Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) picked up his second straight victory to lead Southern New Hampshire University to an 8-4 baseball victory over Molloy College Saturday afternoon at Baseball Heaven.  The win salvaged a split for the Penmen, who dropped Saturday's first game 4-3 in 12 innings.  SNHU is now 4-4 on the season, while the Lions are 4-2.

Flight carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the seven-inning contest when he gave up a one-out single to Joseph Menendez.  Flight allowed six hits and four runs, all in the seventh, while striking out eight with no walks.

SNHU took control of the nightcap early with four runs in the top of the second.  The Penmen scored their first run without a hit as three players were hit by pitches and the other, Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, Mass.), walked.  Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in Albert Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.).  Juan Amador (Derry, N.H.) singled to bring in O'Neil and make it 2-0.  Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) would score when Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) reached on a fielders choice.  Massad scored the fourth Penmen run when Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) lifted a sacrifice fly to right.

The Penmen tacked on two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.  Stanton worked a one-out walk and after moving to third on an O'Neil double, scored on a sac fly by Spatkowski.  O'Neil went to third on the play and came home when Massad singled up the middle.  In the sixth, Wollerman led off the frame with a home run, while in the seventh Amador's double brought in Massad, who reached on a hit by pitch.

Wollerman, Massad and Amador each drove in two runs in the nightcap while Amador was 2-4 at the plate.  Stanton, who had hit safely in his first seven collegiate games, went 0-1 but scored a pair of runs.

In game one, SNHU took a 1-0 lead in the third when Amador's sacrifice fly to right plated Spatkowski, who led off the inning with a double.  The Penmen would plate two more runs in the fifth.  Stanton led off the inning with a solo shot to right.  The next batter, O'Neil, tripled, and later scored on a two-out single by Amador.

Molloy would get back in the game with single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth to tie the game 3-3.  In the eighth, Carlos Guzman doubled to left to lead off the inning and scored on a one-out sac fly by Ryan Akers.  The Lions scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 12th with two outs.  Guzman hit a two-out single and following a walk, scored on a single by Robert LaRusso.

O'Neil, Spatkowski and Amador each finished with two hits for SNHU, with Amador driving in two runs.  Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) worked the first seven innings on the hill for the Penmen and allowed eight hits and two runs (one earned) while walking one and striking out four.  Ryan Walfield (Stratford, N.H.) took the loss for Southern New Hampshire after coming in to start the 11th.  Guzman went 4-6 at the plate and scored three times for Molloy in the opener, while LaRusso finished with three hits as the Lions outhit the Penmen 12-8.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday when it faces Bloomfield and Nova Southeastern in a pair of contests in Florida.