When and Where: March 29, 2016 – Waltham, Mass. (Robert DeFelice Baseball Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 6, Bentley University 2
Records: SNHU 18-2 (4-0 Northeast-10, 4-0 Northeast Division), Bentley 5-13 (0-3 Northeast-10, 0-3 Northeast Division)
Junior Alex Person (Foxboro, Mass.) tossed seven innings of one-run ball and graduate student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.) hit his second home run of the year as the 10th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team earned a 6-2 win and series sweep of Bentley University on Tuesday afternoon at Robert DeFelice Baseball Field.
Southern New Hampshire wasted no time jumping on the board as sophomore Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) led off the game with a double to right-center and later scored on a triple to left-center from graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.). In the ensuing at bat, Mastroberti stole home on a swinging strike three to make it 2-0.
SNHU doubled its lead in the fourth as junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) led off with an infield single, stole second and scored on the first of three straight errors in the inning by the Falcons, which allowed a second run to come in.
Bentley chipped away with a sacrifice fly from Justin Ashworth in the sixth, but the Penmen posted single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, on a single to left from junior Zach Goldstein (Merrimack, N.Y.) and Gendron's solo shot to left-center, respectively, that made it 6-1.
Bentley would push one across in the eighth on an RBI groundout from Ryan O'Connor, but that was all it would get.
Person (3-0) allowed one run on six hits, while striking out six and not walking a batter, over seven innings. Senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) would allow a run on two walks in an inning of work, while freshman Connor Gavin (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) pitched a scoreless ninth, giving up just a walk.
Webster was 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Goldstein went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Gendron (run, RBI), Helms (run) and sophomore Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich, Conn.; run) were all 1-for-4.
- SNHU is still even with the 2012 team, matching it for the best 20-game start in program history.
- The Penmen have now won four-in-a-row – all against Northeast-10 Northeast Division foes.
- Gavin has not allowed a run in five-and-two-thirds innings, spanning five appearances, to begin his career.
The Penmen are back in action Wednesday, March 30 (3 p.m.) when they take on Franklin Pierce University. The home opener for the Penmen is Thursday, March 31 (3 p.m.) against Saint Michael's College.
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