MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University and American International College split a Northeast-10 baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Penmen Field. The Penmen posted an 11-2 win in the opener, while the Yellow Jackets responded with a 4-0 win in the nightcap. SNHU is now 24-22 overall and 11-14 in the NE-10, while AIC sees its season come to a close at 17-25 and 11-15 in the league.
Saturday's win assures Southern New Hampshire of its first winning season since 1997 when it finished 18-17.
In the opener, graduate student Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, Mass.) knocked in seven runs, going 3-5 at the plate. He finished a double shy of the cycle as he ripped a first-inning two-inning triple, belted a three-run home run in the third and hit a two-run single in the eighth. O'Neil also extended his hit streak to 15 games with a single in the eighth inning of game two.
In a game slowed by two lightning delays totaling 1:34, the Penmen took a 2-0 lead in the first on O'Neil's triple, then made it 3-0 in the second on a solo home run by Juan Amador (Derry, N.H.). O'Neil's round-tripper in the third made it 6-0 after three innings.
AIC would plate two runs in the fifth to make it 6-2, but the Penmen responded with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) worked a leadoff walk, then after two outs, scored on a single by Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H.). Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) doubled to plate Rines, then Wollerman scored on a single by Albert Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.). O'Neil's single in the eighth that plated Rines and Wollerman closed out the scoring.
Rines and Stanton each finished with two hits in the opened as the Penmen outhit AIC 11-5. Garrett Jewell (Alexandria, N.H.) (pictured) earned the win for the Penmen, fanning 10 in seven innings while allowing four hits and two runs while walking four. David Gibson (Hanover, Mass.) struck out five in two innings of relief and allowed one hit.
AIC took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning of game two as Dennis Duffy worked a one-out walk. Dave Clark singles, then a double that landed just inside the left field line by Paul Maza scored Duffy. Clark was thrown out at the plate.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on three runs in the eighth. A double by Anthony Arrichiello scored Cam MacDonald to make it 2-0. After Dillon Fontaine worked his fourth walk of the game, Chris Amate singled to center to plate Arrichiello. Fontaine would score from first after a SNHU outfield error.
Rines had two hits in the nightcap while Maza led American International with two hits. John Shivo earned the complete-game victory for the Yellow Jackets, allowing five hits while fanning nine and walking five. Timothy Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) allowed three hits and one run in 6.2 innings while fanning 11 and walking five. Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) worked 2.1 innings in relief and allowed four hits and three runs (two earned) while striking out five and walking three.
Southern New Hampshire closes out its season on Sunday when it hosts Stonehill College for a single game starting at 1:00.