Baseball Tops Purple Knights Twice

Baseball Tops Purple Knights Twice

COLCHESTER, Vt. – Southern New Hampshire University swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader from Saint Michael's College by scores of 6-0 and 7-1 Friday afternoon at Doc Jacobs Field.  The Penmen have now won three straight and improved to 12-13 with the victories, while the Purple Knights are now 4-11 on the season.

In the opener, the game remained scoreless until the fourth.  In the top of the frame, Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) worked a one-out walk, then after back-to-back singles by Bobby Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) and Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) lifted a sac fly to left that made it 1-0.

SNHU made it 2-0 in the sixth.  Wronski reached on an error and scored on a single to center by Spatkowski.  The Penmen tacked on four runs in the seventh and final frame.  Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) reached on a one-out double and scored on a triple by Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, Mass.).  A Wronski double plated O'Neil and Boulter, while a Spatkowski double to center brought in Wronski.

Wronski and Spatkowski led the Penmen with two hits apiece in game one.  Freshman Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) earned the complete-game shutout for Southern New Hampshire, allowing just three hits and registering 10 strikeouts without recording a walk.  He faced just one batter over the minimum in the first six innings, an Alec Tice single in the second.

SNHU staked itself to a 1-0 lead in the third inning of the nightcap.  Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) led off the inning with a single down the left field line and after moving to second on a sac bunt by Wollerman, scored on a single to right by Albert Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.).   

The Penmen tacked on two more runs in the fourth to make it 3-0.  Boulter worked a one-out walk and scored on a groundout by Massad.  Southern New Hampshire took advantage of a pair of errors for the second run of the inning, with Nick Leva (Cambridge, Mass.) reaching on an error and scoring on a throwing error later in the frame.

Up 3-1 in the sixth, the guests made it 4-1 when Boulter worked a leadoff walk and scored on a Massad double.  The Penmen scored three more times in the seventh, collecting three hits and a pair of walks.

Stanton and Boulter each finished with two hits in the nightcap for Southern New Hampshire.  Freshman Tyler Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) earned the shutout victory, going seven innings and allowing just two hits and one run while fanning three.

Southern New Hampshire returns to Northeast-10 Conference play Saturday when it hosts the University of New Haven in a noon doubleheader.