LANTANA, Fla. – Southern New Hampshire University and Bloomfield College split a non-conference baseball doubleheader Friday afternoon at Santaluces Complex with the Penmen taking an 8-1 victory in the opener before the Deacons took down a 2-1 win in the nightcap. The Penmen saw a season-opening 13-game win streak snapped and are now 13-1 on the season, while Bloomfield is 4-6 on the season.
In the opener, Brad Monroe (Hampton, N.H.) went eight innings, allowing six hits and one run while fanning seven and walking two. Curtis Hamilton (Lowell, Mass.) worked the ninth in relief and struck out one.
Southern New Hampshire scored in five different innings. In the first, Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) worked a leadoff walk and scored when Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) reached on an error. In the third Al Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) worked a two-out walk and was driven in by Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.).
In the fourth, the Penmen scored twice as Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) and Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) each singled to start the frame. Wollerman scored on a sac fly by Zach Robins (Westford, Mass.), while Minucci came home on a single by Spatkowski. SNHU struck for three more runs in the sixth, with a double by Stanton driving in Tyler Poisson (Rochester, N.H.) and O'Brien. Boulter would bring home the third run when his sac fly played Spatkowski.
Boulter scored SNHU's final run in the ninth as he led off with a single and eventually scored on a passed ball.
In the nightcap Southern New Hampshire managed just four hits. The Penmen got on the board in the bottom of the first when Jeremy Tejada (Bronx, N.Y.) worked a leadoff walk and scored on a single by Stanton. Bloomfield would tie the game 1-1 in the top of the second and pushed across the winning run in the top of the sixth. The Deacons retired the final 17 Penmen batters of the ballgame.
Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) took the loss for Southern New Hampshire, fanning nine in eight innings of work while allowing four hits and two runs (one earned). Lucas Olen (Bedford, N.H.) worked a 1-2-3 ninth for SNHU, notching a pair of strikeouts.
Southern New Hampshire is idle until Saturday, March 17 when it travels to Saint Thomas Aquinas College in the first two games of a four-game set with the Spartans.