WALTHAM, Mass. –Freshman Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) led a 12-hit Southern New Hampshire University attack at the plate with a 4-for-5 effort as the Penmen bested Bentley University 6-2 in Northeast-10 baseball at DeFelice Field Tuesday afternoon. The Penmen improved to 20-19 overall and 8-11 in the NE-10, while the Falcons are now 11-22 and 5-11 in the league.
The win gives Southern New Hampshire its first 20-win season since 2006 when it went 20-22. It marks just the fourth 20-win season in the history of the program.
Wollerman led eight Penmen with at least one hit on the afternoon. Albert Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) went 2-2 at the plate for SNHU, while Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, Mass.) knocked in a pair of runs. Senior Robert Wronski (Arlington, Mass.) doubled in the sixth inning for his 100th career hit.
Sophomore Timothy Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) upped his record to 5-2 on the mound with a solid eight inning effort. The southpaw allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) while fanning two. Alex Powers (Brewster, Mass.) allowed a pair of hits in relief in the ninth but emerged unscathed.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first as the first five Penmen hitters reached base. Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.) and Wollerman opened the game with back-to-back singles, before Stanton loaded the bases after getting hit by a pitch. O'Neil would deliver a two-run triple to the gap in right-center, followed by a Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) single that made it 3-0.
Bentley would close the gap with single runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third Sean Keady reached on a fielders' choice, and after stealing second and advancing to third on a passed ball, got the Falcons on the board on a single by Ross Curley. In the fourth, Kevin Korwek worked a one-out walk and scored on a Nathan Witkowski single.
The guests would make it 4-2 in the sixth, then score two more times in the eighth to build a 6-2 lead. In the sixth O'Neil reached on a fielders' choice and eventually scored on Wronski's double to left-center. In the eighth Stanton led off the inning with a single and scored when Jon Massad (Shrewbury, Mass.) reached on a fielders' choice. Boulter, who had walked, also scored on the play on a throwing error.
J.P. Ashline took the loss for Bentley, going four innings and allowing five hits and three runs.
The same two teams meet Thursday at 3:30 pm in Manchester.