NEW HAVEN, Conn. –No. 13 Southern Connecticut State University swept both ends of a Northeast-10 baseball doubleheader Saturday against Southern New Hampshire University, posting a walkoff 1-0 win in the opener before completing the sweep with a 3-0 triumph in the nightcap. The Owls are now 33-4-1 overall and 17-4-1 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are 21-21 and 9-13 in the league.
In the opener, the home team scored the game's only run in the bottom of the ninth. A.J. Rouleau worked a leadoff walk off Penmen reliever Alex Powers (Brewster, Mass.), then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bryan Dorsey. After another walk, Powers was lifted in favor of Tyler Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.). Gauthier got T.K. Kiernan to fly out before No. 9 hitter T.J. Shea lifted a single to center that scored Rouleau.
SNHU's best chance to score came in the top of the second as it had runners on first and third with no one out as Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) opened the frame with back-to-back singles. Owl pitcher Kevin Pettine induced an infield popup followed by back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.
Boulter and Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) each had two hits for Southern New Hampshire. Garrett Jewell (Alexandria, N.H.) allowed six hits in eight innings of work for the Penmen, fanning five. Pettine went the distance for SCSU and allowed six hits and struck out eight without walking a batter.
In the nightcap, Southern Connecticut's Chris Zbin allowed just one Penmen hit, an O'Neil single to lead off the second, and struck out 10 while walking two. The Owls scored all three of their runs in the third as they recorded five straight singles against Penmen starter Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.).
Kyle Cummings and Rouleau led the Owls with two hits apiece in the nightcap. Mendez went eight innings for Southern New Hampshire, allowing seven hits and three runs while fanning seven with three walks. O'Neil ran his hit streak to a season-high 11 games.
Southern New Hampshire hosts Merrimack College in a noon twinbill Sunday. The first game is a Northeast-10 Conference contest while the second game is a non-conference tilt.