When and Where: February 28, 2016 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Ripken Experience)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 10, Mercy College 3
Records: SNHU 5-0, Mercy 1-4
Juniors Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) and Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) each drove in a pair of runs and senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) turned in a quality start as the 20th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team finished off a perfect South Carolina trip with a 10-3 victory against Mercy College on Sunday morning in Myrtle Beach.
Helms gave Southern New Hampshire an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as he drove a sacrifice fly to left to score Cruz, who singled, went to second on a base hit by graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) and stole third.
The score stayed that way until junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) led off the third with a solo shot – his second of the year – to double the Penmen lead. SNHU would add two more in the frame as sophomore Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) stroked an RBI single and then scored on an error to expand the lead to 4-0.
A two-run single by John Young sliced the Mercy deficit in half in the top of the fourth, but the Penmen grabbed both runs back in the bottom of the inning as junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Cruz followed with a sac fly to left to make it 6-2.
The Penmen added single runs in the sixth and seventh as Cruz hit a sac fly to center and Helms scored on a passed ball the following inning.
With McCarthy out of the game, Scott Hagan hit a solo homer to lead off the eighth, but Helms answered with an RBI triple and then scored on a passed ball to stretch the lead to 10-3.
McCarthy (1-0) allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking four, in 7.0 innings of work. Sophomore Rob Del Signore (Londonderry, N.H.) relinquished a run on two hits, while striking out one, in two-thirds of an inning. Senior Ian Searles (Wareham, Mass.) worked the final one-and-a-third innings, giving up just a walk to go with two punch-outs.
Helms finished 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored, while Cruz was 1-for-2 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored. Webster was also 1-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and a pair of runs scored. Bauer (RBI, run) and grad student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.) were both 2-for-5.
- SNHU is 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 2013.
- The Penmen collected 11 hits – the third time they reached that number on the trip.
- SNHU outscored its opponents, 48-12, during the five-game swing.
- In the five games, the Penmen starters combined to go 5-0 with a 2.13 ERA as they threw 38 innings, allowing 10 runs – nine earned – on 17 hits, while striking out 35 and walking nine.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, March 5 when they travel to take on Felician College in doubleheader action that begins at 1 p.m. The home opener for the Penmen is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 (3 p.m.) against Saint Michael's College.
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