When and Where: April 9, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 10, Pace University 0
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, Pace University 1
Records: SNHU 24-3 (9-1 NE-10), Pace 17-11 (5-4 NE-10)
Sophomore Justin Valdespina (Garfield, N.J.) pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout in game one, while junior Alex Person (Foxboro, Mass.) allowed just one run in eight innings of work in game two, as the 11th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team outscored Pace University, 17-1, in a doubleheader sweep Saturday afternoon at Penmen Field. SNHU blanked the Setters, 10-0, in the first game and posted a 7-1 victory in game two.
Junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) was 4-for-8 with a home run, four RBI and two runs scored during the two games, while classmate Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) went 3-for-8 with a home run, three runs driven in and three runs scored.
Southern New Hampshire went on top first in game one, as sophomore Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the third inning, before moving to third on a single by junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) and scoring on a wild pitch.
The Penmen doubled their lead in the fourth on Bauer's league-leading sixth long-ball of the year to right and then broke it open with a five-run fifth. Cruz' solo jack to left-center made it 3-0 before junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) came through with a two-run double down the left field line to stretch the lead to five. An RBI single to left-center from Bauer and a run-scoring double to center by sophomore Matt Rabbito (Chelmsford, Mass.) capped the scoring in the frame and brought the score to 7-0.
Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) made it an even 10-0 in the eighth with a bases-clearing triple to right-center.
Valdespina (5-2, 2.79 ERA), meanwhile, did not allow a hit after the second inning, as he struck out seven and walked four, while sprinkling in the two hits, over nine innings.
Bauer finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Helms was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Rabbito went 1-for-3 with a walk and RBI, with Mastroberti (three RBI, run), Cruz (walk, RBI, two runs), graduate student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.; two RBI, run) and junior Cam Oliveira (Tewksbury, Mass.; run) all going 1-for-4.
In game two, the Penmen wasted no time jumping on the board as they sent 12 men to the plate and hung a seven-spot in the bottom of the first. Goldstein started it with a leadoff single up the middle and scored on Cruz' triple to right-center. Helms plated Cruz with a single to left before Bauer's two-run knock to right made it 4-0. Run-scoring singles from sophomore Andrew Lalonde (Bedford, N.H.), Goldstein and Cruz capped the scoring in the inning.
Garrett De Lotto's sacrifice fly to left in the fourth to score Cory Capaldi, who led off with a double to right-center, was the only run Pace would score all day.
Person settled back down from there, retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced, including nine straight.
Person (5-0, 2.89 ERA) allowed one run on six hits, while striking out five and walking just one, over eight innings. Freshman Connor Gavin (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) pitched a perfect ninth and recorded two punchouts.
Helms was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run, while Cruz (two RBI, run) and Goldstein (RBI, run) were both 2-for-4. Bauer (two RBI) and Lalonde (RBI, run) went 1-for-4.
- SNHU officially opened the new facility that was recently completed at Penmen Field with a ribbon-cutting ceremony prior to game one. SNHU President Paul LeBlanc, Director of Athletics & Recreation Anthony Fallacaro and head baseball coach Scott Loiseau all took part in the ceremony, while LeBlanc threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Loiseau. For more on the facility, click HERE.
- The Penmen have won 10 of their last 11, including six straight.
- Southern New Hampshire is outscoring its opponents, 72-12, during its current six-game winning streak.
- Valdespina retired eight-in-a-row to polish off his outing.
- Cruz has recorded a hit in 18 of his last 19 games, including seven straight.
- Helms has the longest current hitting streak on the club with nine consecutive games.
- Gavin has not allowed a run in seven-and-a-third innings, spanning seven appearances, to begin his career.
The Penmen are back in action Sunday, April 10 when they play host to Adelphi University in doubleheader action that begins at noon at Penmen Field.
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