FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) went 4-6 at the plate with three runs driven in as Southern New Hampshire pounded out 19 hits in a 14-8 victory over 25th-ranked Nova Southeastern University at the NSU Baseball Complex Tuesday evening. The Penmen, who are ranked No. 3 in the latest NCBWA East Region poll, extended their program-best start to 10-0, while the Sharks, who saw a four-game win streak snapped, fall to 10-3 on the season.
Seven Penmen recorded multi-hit games as Southern New Hampshire outhit Nova Southeastern 19-8 on the evening. Al Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) (pictured) recorded three hits, while Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.), Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) and Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) all recorded two hits and drove in two runs apiece. Minucci, who ranked fourth nationally in batting average in Tuesday's NCAA statistical report, extended his season-opening hit streak to 10 games. Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and Bryan Toland (Wildwood, N.J.) also finished with two hits apiece.
Trailing 6-4, Southern New Hampshire took control of the game with a seven-run top of the sixth that saw the Penmen send 12 men to the plate and collect five hits. Wollerman led off the inning with a double and scored when Minucci reached on an error. Doubles by Spatkowski and Minucci drove in two runs apiece, while Tyler Poisson (Rochester, N.H.) delivered an RBI single that plated Spatkowski.
SNHU tacked on a run in the seventh and two more in the ninth. In the seventh, a single by Stanton plated O'Brien, who reached on a one-out infield single. In the ninth, a Boulter double to left plated Stanton and O'Brien.
The guests jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first. The Penmen scored two batters into the game as O'Brien singled to lead off the game and after stealing second, scored on a Spatkowski single. Wollerman later delivered a two-run double down the right field line that scored Boulter and Stanton.
After scoring a run in the bottom of the first, Nova Southeastern scored five times in the third to take a 6-4 lead. The big hit came on a three-run home run by Alex Marrero that gave the Sharks their lone lead of the game.
Alex Powers (Brewster, Mass.) allowed just one hit in three innings out of the pen to earn the victory, fanning eight, including the side in the fourth and fifth frames, before facing one batter in the sixth. Zach LeBarron (Bennington, Vt.) earned a save by working the final four innings in relief and allowing four hits and two runs while striking out two. Starter Tyler Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) was touched for six runs (five earned) and three hits while walking four and fanning three in two-plus innings of work.
Southern New Hampshire faces its second straight nationally-ranked opponent Wednesday afternoon when it travels to Lynn University for a 2:30 contest.