When and Where: March 15, 2016 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (NSU Baseball Complex)
Score: Nova Southeastern University 10, Southern New Hampshire University 5
Records: Nova Southeastern 12-10, SNHU 13-1
Junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) went 3-for-4, homered and drove in three runs, but the sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team suffered its first setback of the season as it was doubled up by Nova Southeastern University, 10-5, Tuesday evening at the NSU Baseball Complex.
Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) led off the game with a double to right-center, moved to third on a single through the left side by classmate Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) and scored on an RBI fielder's choice grounder off the bat of graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.). Helms plated Mastroberti with a double to left and then scored himself on a single back up the middle by grad student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.).
A double to center by Sebastian Diaz grabbed a run back for Nova Southeastern in the bottom of the frame, but it was a four-run second that would give the Sharks the lead for good. Diaz' sacrifice fly to right began the scoring before Brandon Gomez tied the game with a single to right. Daniel Zardon's two-run jack to left off senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) put NSU up, 5-3.
Antonio Rodriguez' RBI double to right-center sparked a two-run third that extended the Nova lead to 7-3. The Penmen answered in the sixth as Helms slugged a two-run bomb to left – his third of the season – but the Sharks pushed another across in the bottom of the frame to make it 8-5.
Single runs in the seventh and eighth innings pushed the lead to five heading into the ninth. Helms would single and move up to second on a wild pitch, but the Penmen would do no further damage.
McCarthy (2-1) relinquished five runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking two, over just two innings. Sophomore Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) was charged with four runs – one earned – on five hits, fanning five and walking none, in five innings of work. Fellow sophomore Rob Del Signore (Londonderry, N.H.) was tagged for a run as he walked the only two batters he faced. Freshman Connor Gavin (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) tossed a scoreless inning, allowing just one hit.
Helms was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Cruz went 2-for-4 with a run, while Goldstein (run) and Gendron (RBI) were both 1-for-4.
- The Penmen fall one win shy of setting a new program record for consecutive wins to the begin the season and instead match the 2012 team that began the year 13-0, captured the NCAA East Regional crown and advanced to the College World Series in Cary, N.C.
The Penmen are back in action Friday, March 18 (11 a.m.) against Southern Connecticut State University at the Lynn University Baseball Field. The home opener for the Penmen is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 (3 p.m.) against Saint Michael's College.
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