Baseball Pulls Away From Concordia, Moves to 9-0

Baseball Pulls Away From Concordia, Moves to 9-0

LANTANA, Fla. – Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.) and Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) each drove in three runs as Southern New Hampshire University posted a 13-7 baseball victory over Concordia (N.Y.) College Monday afternoon at the Santaluces Complex.  The Penmen extended their best-ever start to 9-0, while the Clippers are now 0-7 on the season.

Lalli and Wollerman each finished 2-for-4 at the plate.  Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) led the Penmen with three hits, including a double, while Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.), Al Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) and Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) also recorded two hits apiece.  Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) extended his hit streak to nine games with a ninth-inning single.

With the game tied 7-7, Southern New Hampshire took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth.  In the sixth, a Spatkowski single plated O'Brien, who reached on a fielders choice, while Stanton later drove in Spatkowski with a single.

In the eighth, Spatkowski started a two-out rally with his double, followed by three-straight RBI singles by Stanton, Boulter and Lalli.  O'Brien closed out the scoring in the ninth when his sac fly plated Minucci.

Concordia jumped out to a 2-0 lead with runs in the first and second, but the Penmen scored five times in the top of the third.  Lalli delivered a two-run double that brought home O'Brien and Stanton, while Wollerman's two-run triple scored Boulter and Lalli.

Southern New Hampshire scored twice in the top of the fifth to claim a five-run lead, but the Clippers wiped that out with a five-run bottom of the fifth that chased Penmen starter David Gibson (Hanover, Mass.) from the game.

Gibson worked 4.2 innings and allowed five hits and seven runs while striking out three.  Lucas Olen (Bedford, N.H.) earned his second win of the season by working 4 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three hits while fanning four, including the side in the ninth.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday evening when it faces Nova Southeastern University in a 6:00 contest.