WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University withstood a ninth inning rally from sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University to post a 6-5 Northeast-10 baseball victory Friday afternoon at DeFelice Field. The Falcons improved to 20-19 and 5-6 in NE-10 Northeast Division play, while the Penmen now stand 33-7 and 9-4 in the league. All seven of SNHU's losses this season have been by one run.
With the Penmen trailing 6-2 entering the ninth, Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Jeremy Tejada (Bronx, N.Y.) replaced O'Brien as a pinch runner and made it 6-3 when he scored on a triple by Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.). Spatkowski came home on a single by Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.).
Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.) became the fourth straight Penmen batter to reach with his single through the right side. SNHU got both men into scoring position on a sac bunt by Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.), and Boulter would score on a groundout by Greg Pezzuto (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.). Pinch runner Kyle McGinnity (Northborough, Mass.), who moved to third on the groundout, remained there as Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) grounded out to end the game.
Bentley scored three times in the eighth to build a 6-2 lead, with Greg Baggett delivering a two-run single. The Falcons took a 2-0 lead in the fourth when it took advantage of a pair of Penmen errors, then added another unearned run in the fifth when a Sean Keady single plated Lamarre Rey.
SNHU pulled within 3-2 in the seventh. Spatkowski reached on an error to start the inning and was driven in by Boulter's double. Boulter later scored on a single to left by Wollerman.
Boulter led SNHU with a pair of hits and with two runs batted in increasing his season total to 44, broke the program single-season RBI record. Brad Monroe (Hampton, N.H.) took the loss for the Penmen, working 7.2 innings and allowing six hits and six runs (two earned) while notching seven strikeouts. Southern New Hampshire committed four errors in the contest.
SNHU and Bentley square off in a noon doubleheader Saturday at DeFelice Field.