When and Where: March 5, 2016 – Lyndhurst, N.J. (Lyndhurst Recreation)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, Felician College 4
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Felician College 1 (F/7)
Records: SNHU 7-0, Felician 4-8
Junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) drove in three runs and senior Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) pitched brilliantly in his game two start as the 14th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team needed its last half-inning at bat in both games to earn a doubleheader sweep of Felician College on Saturday at Lyndhurst Recreation. The Penmen rallied for 7-4 victory in game one and pulled out a 2-1 win in the second game.
Southern New Hampshire grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning of game one when Helms singled to left to drive in fellow junior Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.), who doubled down the left field line to lead off the frame.
The Golden Falcons went up 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Matt Kleinsten gave Felician the lead with a two-run single to left center before Ronnie Grant singled through the left side to plate an insurance run. A wild pitch with runners on first and third in the fifth led to another run and a 4-1 lead for Felician.
The game would stay that way into the ninth when SNHU erupted for six runs. A one-out, pinch-hit triple from freshman Kevin Alexy (W. Norton, Mass.) began the rally as he then scored on a pinch-hit RBI single to center by freshman Christian Aybar (Cranston, R.I.) that cut it to 4-2.
With two outs and the bases loaded later in the inning, Aybar scored when graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) reached on an error to pull the Penmen within one. The Penmen then took the lead as Helms' single to short tied the game, but a throwing error by the shortstop allowed a second run to come home. After Helms stole second, he and Mastroberti then scored on the third error of the inning for Felician to push the lead to 7-4.
Sophomore Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) tossed a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season.
Junior Alex Person (Foxboro, Mass.) started for the Penmen and allowed four runs on eight hits, while striking out one and walking one over four innings. Senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) earned the win to improve to 2-0 as he pitched four scoreless frames, allowing just one hit, while fanning two and walking three. Walkinshaw allowed just a hit in his inning of work.
Helms was 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, while fellow junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run. Cruz (two runs) and another junior, Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.; walk), were both 1-for-4.
John Holland gave up just one run on five hits, while striking out 10 and walking four over the first seven innings for the Golden Falcons.
Felician drew first blood in game two as Brennan Price's two-out RBI single to left made it 1-0. The Penmen would tie it in the top of the fifth as sophomore Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) singled up the middle, stole second, moved to third on a bad throw from the catcher and scored on Cruz' RBI groundout to short.
Then in the top of the seventh, Alexy led off with his second pinch-hit triple of the day and later scored on Goldstein's two-out single to left that put the Penmen on top, 2-1.
Viehoff, who pitched well all day, came back out for the ninth and retired the side in order to secure the win.
Viehoff (2-0) allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out eight and walking two in his complete-game, seven-inning effort.
Goldstein finished 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, while Webster (walk, run) and Bauer (walk) were each 1-for-2.
Matt Blandino pitched well for Felician, lasting all seven innings as he allowed two runs – one earned – on five hits to go with seven strikeouts and three walks.
- SNHU keeps pace with third-ranked Franklin Pierce University, who swept Adelphi University on Saturday to also move to 7-0.
- The Penmen entered the ninth inning of the first game with just one run on five hits before putting up six runs on three hits. The three errors by Felician, who had played a clean game in the field to that point, also helped.
The Penmen are back in action Sunday, March 6 for another doubleheader at Felician, which 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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