EASTON, Mass. –Stonehill College topped Southern New Hampshire University 5-4 in a Northeast-10 baseball game at Lou Gorman Field Thursday afternoon. The Skyhawks improved to 24-8 overall and 9-3 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 15-15 and 3-7 in the league.
Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) led Southern New Hampshire at the plate, going 2-4 with two runs batted in, including a solo home run in the fourth. Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) homered for the first time this season in the third and finished 1-2 with two walks and two runs scored, while Albert Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) had a pair of hits.
Stonehill jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but Rines tied the game with his solo home run in the third. The Skyhawks scored twice in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead.
Southern New Hampshire would take a 4-3 lead with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Boulter homered in the fourth, while in the fifth, Rines was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. He scored on a single to left-center by Stanton. Stanton would put the Penmen on top when he scored on Boulter's single to center.
The hosts took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the seventh. James DeAlto led off with a single and scored on a single by Scott Hackett. After moving to third on a single by Michael White, Hackett scored on a wild pitch by Ryan Walfield (Stratford, N.H.).
In the top of the ninth, Rines worked a two-out walk and got into scoring position by stealing second, but came off the bag and was caught in a rundown to end the game.
Eric Haughn earned the win for Stonehill, going seven innings and scattering nine hits while fanning four. Brenden Shepherd earned his ninth save of the season by working the ninth. Timothy Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) took the loss for the Penmen, working 6.1 innings and allowing five hits and five runs (four earned) and striking out eight while walking four.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Friday when it hosts No. 13/19 Franklin Pierce in a 3:30 contest at Penmen Field.