When and Where: March 6, 2016 – Lyndhurst, N.J. (Lyndhurst Recreation)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 6, Felician College 4
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 12, Felician College 4 (F/7)
Records: SNHU 9-0, Felician 4-10
Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) went 6-for-9 and drove in four runs as the 14th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team recorded two more wins against Felician College on Sunday at Lyndhurst Recreation. The Penmen edged the Golden Falcons, 6-4, in game one and posted a 12-4 victory in the second game.
After a scoreless three innings in game one, Southern New Hampshire hung a five-spot in the fourth, with Mastroberti's RBI single up the middle putting the Penmen on the board. He then stole second and scored on a two-run double down the left field line by junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.), who swiped third and scored on a single to left-center by grad student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.). Gendron kept the pattern going by stealing second before being plated by a two-out single to right by freshman Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) to cap the scoring.
Felician grabbed two back in the bottom of the fourth on Matt Diesel's two-run blast to right-center off junior Ben Criscuolo (Branford, Conn.), who was coming off a no-hitter in his first start of the year Feb. 26. The Golden Falcons got to Criscuolo again in the sixth with a two-run single to left from Brennan Price that made it a one-run game at 5-4.
Sophomore Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) would shut the door in the sixth and rendered an insurance run the Penmen pushed across in the seventh inning useless as he kept Felician off the board for the remainder of the contest.
Criscuolo (2-0) allowed four runs on five hits over five-and-two-thirds innings, while striking out three and walking two. Walkinshaw recorded his third save of the season as he tossed three-and-a-third innings of scoreless ball, giving up just two hits, while striking out three and not walking a batter.
Junior Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) was the only Penmen with a multiple-hit game as he went 2-for-4 and a scored a run. Helms was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a run scored, while Gendron and Mastroberti were both 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Felician went in front with single runs in the first two innings of game two, including a solo homer to right off the bat from Price that made it 2-0 against sophomore Justin Valdespina (Garfield, N.J.). Southern New Hampshire grabbed one back in the top of the third on a double down the left field line by Mastroberti, but the Golden Falcons put up two more in the bottom of the frame to open their lead to 4-1.
The Penmen then exploded for six runs in the fourth on two-run triples from junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.), Mastroberti and Gendron that put SNHU on top, 7-4. A fielding error helped lead to a three-run sixth inning that broke it open for Southern New Hampshire, which received an exclamation point in the seventh in the form of a two-run bomb from junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.).
Valdespina was charged with four runs – two earned – on six hits, while fanning nine and not walking a batter over six innings. Grad student Lucas Olen (Bedford, N.H.) tossed a perfect two-thirds of an inning in relief, while sophomore Rob Del Signore (Londonderry, N.H.) retired the only batter he faced.
Mastroberti was a sizzling 5-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. Goldstein went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and pair of runs scored, while Gendron was 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored.
- SNHU keeps pace with third-ranked Franklin Pierce University, who swept Dowling College on Sunday to also move to 9-0.
-Walkinshaw records his second save in as many days.
- The Penmen pounded out 15 hits in game two.
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, March 12 (12 p.m.) when they open their Florida trip against Molloy College. The home opener for the Penmen is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 (3 p.m.) against Saint Michael's College.
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