MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College defeated Southern New Hampshire University 5-4 on Wednesday afternoon in a Northeast-10 baseball matchup at Penmen Field. With the win, the Hawks improved to 18-17 and 8-8 in the NE-10, while the Penmen fell to 18-17 and 6-9 in conference play.
The Hawks' Jeffrey Criscuolo broke up a tie game in the fifth inning with an RBI single off reliever Tyler Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) to give the visitors a 5-4 lead.
That narrow lead held up the rest of the way, as Hawks' starter Robert Kelly allowed four runs on six hits in the complete game effort. Kelly retired the final 14 hitters he faced and allowed just one base runner through the final five frames. He also went 1-for-4 with two RBI at the plate for Saint Anselm.
Penmen starter Timothy Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) threw two scoreless innings before he was touched for four runs on five hits and a pair of walks in the third.
The Hawks took a 4-1 lead in the process, as six of the first seven hitters reached base safely in the third. After James Garrigan had an RBI single, Kelly delivered a two-run double to right center, and Matt Sucharewicz then followed with an RBI single of his own. Gauthier was called upon with bases loaded and two outs and got Criscuolo to ground out to escape further damage.
In the fourth, the Penmen scored three times to tie the game at 4-4. Amador came through with a two-run single that scored Robert Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) and Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.), and Rines later plated Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) with a sacrifice fly.
Southern New Hampshire staked itself to a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, Mass.) delivered an RBI single to score Rines.
Gauthier took the loss in relief after allowing a run on three hits in 2.1 innings. His older brother Bryant Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) and Ryan Walfield (Stratford, N.H.) combined to pitch the final four innings for the Penmen, all scoreless. Walfield struck out four in his two innings of work.
The Penmen return to action on Thursday when they travel to Merrimack for a 4:00 p.m. contest before returning home on Friday for a doubleheader against Adelphi that has been moved from Saturday due to expected inclement weather. That twinbill starts at 1:00.