MANCHESTER, NH - The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team defeated No. 13/19 Franklin Pierce 4-2 in a Northeast-10 conference matchup on Friday afternoon at Penmen Field. With the victory, the Penmen improved to 16-15 and 4-7 in the NE-10, while the Ravens fell to 26-7 on the season and 12-3 in the conference. SNHU has now won seven of its last nine while Franklin Pierce saw a five-game winning streak come to an end.
Penmen starter Garrett Jewell (Alexandria, N.H.) threw eight strong innings to pick up the victory, allowing just one unearned run while scattering seven hits. He had a career-high 10 strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Freshman Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) was called upon with bases loaded and two outs in the ninth in relief of Alex Powers (Brewster, Mass.) and got Mike Munoz to fly out to nail down his first save of the season.
The Penmen scored four times in the second against Ravens starter Ryan Thompson to take a 4-0 lead. Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) and Robert Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) both singled before Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) walked, and Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) plated the team's first run with a sacrifice fly. Juan Amador (Derry, N.H.) followed with a two-run triple and later scored on a single by Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.).
Wronski and Massad both had two hits and a run scored to lead the way offensively for the Penmen, while Amador had two RBI and a run scored.
The loss for Thompson marked his first of the season after coming into Friday's game with a 7-0 record and 0.38 ERA in seven starts. Both marks were tops in the NE-10 entering the contest.
The Ravens scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh on a throwing error, but Jewell struck out three consecutive Franklin Pierce hitters with two men on to escape further damage.
Jewell was again faced with a jam an inning later after Franklin Pierce's Ross Lincoln and Dan Hennigan opened up the eighth with back-to-back singles. A balk put runners on second and third with nobody out, but Jewell retired the next three to keep the score at 4-1.
In the ninth, the Ravens strung together three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out against Powers. They cut the deficit to two on a fielder's choice, and Hennigan was hit by a pitch to reload the bases before Mendez was called upon to get the final out.
The Penmen will travel to Saint Rose on Saturday for a doubleheader and return home Wednesday for a conference matchup with crosstown rival Saint Anselm at 3:30 p.m.