When and Where: March 19, 2016 – Boca Raton, Fla. (Lynn University Baseball Field)
Score: Lynn University 10, Southern New Hampshire University 3 (F/7)
Records: Lynn 17-9, SNHU 14-2
Sophomore Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) hit a two-run homer, but the sixth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team closed its Florida trip with a 10-3 darkness-shortened loss to No. 20 Lynn University on Saturday at the Lynn University Baseball Field.
Following a rain delay that hit just eight pitches into the contest, Lynn grabbed two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by John Silviano. The Fighting Knights doubled their lead with another two-run shot off sophomore Justin Valdespina (Garfield, N.J.) in the bottom of the second – this one off the bat of Tyler Curtis to make it 4-0.
Lynn again doubled its lead in the fifth by hanging a four-spot against the Southern New Hampshire bullpen. A one-out, pinch-hit home run by Frank Grandinette started it before Curtis' two-out RBI single up the middle stretched the lead to 6-0. An error by the Penmen extended the inning and allowed Jonathon Corbitt to smack a two-run double to left-center that ran the lead to 8-0.
SNHU jumped on the board in the sixth via an RBI double to left-center by graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) and then added two more in the seventh on Webster's two-out dinger to left that cut the deficit to 8-3.
A Corbitt RBI knock through the left side and Silviano's run-scoring double to left-center made it 10-3 before the game was called at the end of the seventh due to darkness.
Valdespina (3-1) allowed four runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking just one over four innings. Senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) was charged with four runs – two earned – on three hits, while striking out two and walking a batter in one inning of work. Senior Ian Searles (Wareham, Mass.) worked a scoreless frame, giving up two hits, but striking out a pair. Sophomore Rob Del Signore (Londonderry, N.H.) relinquished two runs on three hits in one inning, while fanning one and walking another.
- Webster's home run is the first of his career.
- Junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) saw his seven-game hitting streak snapped as he did not reach base for the first time in 10 contests.
The Penmen are back in action Wednesday, March 23 (3 p.m.) when they take on crosstown-rival Saint Anselm College at Sullivan Park. The home opener for the Penmen is scheduled for Thursday, March 31 (3 p.m.) against Saint Michael's College.
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