MANCHESTER, N.H. – Fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University took both ends of a Northeast-10 baseball doubleheader from Adelphi University Saturday afternoon, posting a walkoff 5-4 victory in the opener before scoring six times in the eighth en route to a 10-4 win in the nightcap. The Penmen improve to 28-4, while the Panthers now sit 11-15 on the year.
In the opener, James McGowan (Mahopac, N.Y.) (pictured), who had entered the game in the top of the ninth as a defensive replacement, singled to right field with two outs to plate Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.), who had reached on an Adelphi error. Spatkowski moved into scoring position on a sacrifice by Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.).
SNHU jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. A Greg Pezzuto (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) singled scored Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.), who had doubled with two outs. Pezzuto, after stealing second, would score on a single by Alejandro Diaz (Old Bridge, N.J.). In the third SNHU tacked on two more runs, with a Boulter sac bunt plating Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) and a double by Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.) scoring Spatkowski.
Adelphi got a run back in the fourth when Richard Mejia doubled to bring in Justin Farnum. The Panthers tied the game with three runs in the seventh, taking advantage of three Penmen errors, while Farnum singled to bring home Nick Zito.
Spatkowski and Pezzuto led the Penmen with two hits apiece. Tyler Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) earned the win on the mound with 2.1 innings of relief, allowing one hit. Penmen starter Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) was touched for six hits and four runs (one earned) in 6.2 innings, striking out five but issuing five walks.
In the nightcap, Southern New Hampshire broke a 4-4 tie with a six-run bottom of the eighth, sending 12 men to the plate while banging out five hits and taking advantage of an error and three walks, including two with the bases loaded. Pezzuto, McGowan and Bryan Toland (Wildwood, N.J.) all had RBI singles as well.
Southern New Hampshire took the lead three times only to see Adelphi come back and tie the contest. The Penmen scored twice in the first, with Lalli knocking in a pair with his double to left. The Panthers scored twice in the fifth, with an Anthony Zarella single bringing in Zito, while a Jamie Liebowitz sac fly brought in Craig Matteo.
The hosts reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Spatkowski's single brought in Pezzuto, but Farnum tied the game with two away in the seventh with his solo shot to right. SNHU went up 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh when Minucci scored after leading off with a single, but Zito made it 4-4 in the top of the eighth when his single brought in pinch runner Vincent Sharkey.
Southern New Hampshire outhit Adelphi 13-11 in the nightcap, led by three hits by Pezzuto, while Spatkowski, Lalli and Toland all had two hits apiece, with Spatkowski extending his hit streak to nine games. David Gibson (Hanover, Mass.) earned the win with two innings of relief, fanning three. SNHU starter Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) went the first seven innings and scattered 10 hits and allowed three runs while striking out seven.
SNHU returns to action Wednesday night when it hosts Franklin Pierce University in a 6:00 Northeast-10 contest.