WORCESTER, Mass. – Seventh-ranked Southern New Hampshire University took down both ends of a Northeast-10 baseball doubleheader against Assumption College, blanking the Greyhounds 4-0 in game one before pounding out 18 hits en route to a 10-3 win in the nightcap. The Penmen, who have now won six straight, improved to 21-2, while Assumption is now 6-7 on the season.
In the opener, sophomore Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) registered a complete-game shutout for the Penmen to improve to 4-1 on the season. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Billy Johnson led off the frame with a double, and allowed just three hits. Mendez struck out seven while issuing a pair of walks.
Southern New Hampshire plated two runs in the fourth and tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh frames. In the fourth, Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) (pictured) and Al Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) led off the inning with back-to-back doubles, with Stanton later scoring on a groundout by Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.).
In the sixth, Spatkowski, who singled with one away, scored on Matt Boulter's (Wrentham, Mass.) two-out double to the gap in right-center. Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) drove in the run in the seventh, with his single to left plating Bryan Toland (Wildwood, N.J.).
Spatkowski finished with a pair of hits in the opener as the Penmen outhit the Greyhounds 7-3.
SNHU pounded out 18 hits in the nightcap, scoring eight unanswered runs after the hosts took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second. The Penmen reclaimed the lead with two runs in the fourth, then recorded two runs in the seventh, three in the eighth and two more in the ninth.
Boulter and Spatkowski each finished with three hits in the nightcap, with Boulter recording a pair of doubles while driving in two runs. Lalli also hit two doubles and knocked in a pair, while Riley Palmer (Goffstown, N.H.) went 2-4 with two RBI. Stanton also finished with two hits in game two.
Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) upped his record to 3-0 with his eight inning effort, allowing six hits and two runs while fanning eight. David Gibson (Hanover, Mass.) worked the ninth in relief, recording a pair of strikeouts.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Saint Michael's College in a 4:00 Northeast-10 contest at Penmen Field.