LANTANA, Fla. – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team remained perfect on the season with a pair of victories Saturday, plating three runs in the bottom of the ninth to stun Mercyhurst College 6-5, then slugging past Felician College 14-3. The Penmen improve to 6-0, the program's best-ever start. The Lakers are 8-4 with the loss, while the Golden Falcons dropped to 4-6.
In the opener, the Penmen trailed 5-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth. With one out, pinch hitter Kyle McGinnity (Northboro, Mass.) homered to cut the deficit to 5-4. The next batter, Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) reached on an error, and came home when the next batter, Al Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.), tripled. Stanton would score the winning run when Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly foul ball.
Southern New Hampshire staked itself to a 1-0 lead in the second when Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.) doubled and scored on a single by James McGowan (Mahopac, N.Y.). The Penmen tacked on a run in the fifth when Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) worked a leadoff walk and after moving to second on a sac bunt by Spatkowski, scored when Boulter reached on an error.
Mercyhurst scored all five of its runs in the top of the sixth, after Penmen starter Zach LeBarron (Bennington, Vt.) (pictured left) had been perfect through the first five innings. The Lakers touched LeBarron for four hits and a pair of walks, one of those intentional. Zak Blair recorded a two-run single while Matt Adamczyk delivered a two-run double. The Penmen cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth when Jamie Wollerman's (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) single plated Boulter, who had led off the inning by reaching on an error.
Stanton and Wollerman led Southern New Hampshire with two hits apiece as the Penmen outhit the Lakers 9-5. Lucas Olen (Bedford, N.H.) earned the win on the hill, working two innings of perfect relief. LeBarron struck out six in his 5.2 innings, while Tyler Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) struck out two in an inning and a third.
In the nightcap, Southern New Hampshire trailed 1-0 after three innings but scored in each of the final six frames, including a five-run seventh that made it 11-1. Boulter led Southern New Hampshire with three hits, while Lalli was 2-3 with five runs driven in, including a three-run home run in the seventh. The Penmen outhit the Golden Falcons 13-1 on the afternoon.
Tim Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) (pictured right) earned the victory for SNHU, allowing the one hit in seven innings of work while fanning seven. Mike Speranzella (Southborough, Mass.) and Casey Burns (Scituate, Mass.) each worked an inning of relief for the Penmen.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Sunday when it squares off with Concordia (N.Y.) College in an 11:00 am doubleheader.