When and Where: April 10, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Adelphi University 2
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 10, Adelphi University 2
Records: SNHU 26-3 (11-1 NE-10), Adelphi 15-14 (5-6 NE-10)
Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) went 5-for-9 with three extra-base hits and two RBI to lead the 11th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team to its second doubleheader sweep of the weekend against Adelphi University on Sunday at Penmen Field. SNHU rallied in both games, winning the first by a score of 5-2 before taking advantage of costly Panther errors to put up eighth unearned runs in a 10-2 victory in game two.
Adelphi drew first blood in game one on Kory Cassara's two-out RBI single to right-center in the first inning. The Panthers doubled their lead in the second against junior starter Ben Criscuolo (Branford, Conn.) when Brandon Morse stroked a two-out RBI single to right.
Southern New Hampshire tied it in the bottom of the fourth when freshman Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) dropped in a two-out, two-run single to center.
The Penmen went ahead for good with three runs in the following frame. Junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) drew a leadoff walk, moved to second when classmate Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) reached on an error and scored on a base hit to right-center by Mastroberti. SNHU scored its second run of the inning on a sac fly to right by junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) and made it 5-2 on a two-out homer to left by grad student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.).
Criscuolo (6-0, 2.66 ERA) settled down after the first two innings and went the distance as he allowed the two runs on nine hits, while striking out seven and not walking a better.
Mastroberti went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Gendron (two walks, RBI, run) and sophomore Matt Rabbito (Chelmsford, Mass.; walk, run) were both 1-for-2. Zbierski finished 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Adelphi again moved out to a 2-0 lead in game two as Ray Triano drove a sac fly to right and then Eric Hassell, who was it by a pitch and went to second on a wild pitch, stole third and scored when the throw down sailed into left field.
SNHU grabbed the lead for good in the fourth on a crucial error by the Adelphi right fielder. With runners at first and second with two out, junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) lifted a deep fly ball near the warning track in right, but the ball was dropped allowing two runs to come in and tie the game. Freshman Robert Fulkerson (Anaheim, Calif.) then followed with a huge double down the right field line that plated Bauer to make it 3-2.
The Penmen broke it open in the sixth by taking advantage of a pair of Panther errors to hang a six-spot in the inning. With the bases packed and one out, junior Cam Oliveira (Tewksbury, Mass.) hit an RBI grounder to short that was booted into the outfield, allowing a pair of runs to score and stretch the lead to 5-2. Two more came in when Goldstein reached on an error by the second baseman before a run-scoring single to center from Cruz and Mastroberti's RBI double down the right field ballooned the lead to 9-2.
Cruz put an exclamation on the pair of victories in the eighth when he went oppo taco over the fence in right-center for his second home run in as many days.
Senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) started and lasted four-and-a-third innings, giving up two runs – one earned – on two hits, while striking out five and walking four. Sophomore Ivon Clough (Dublin, N.H.) earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the year with two-and-two-thirds shutout innings, allowing two hits, striking out one and walking a pair. Freshman Connor Gavin (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) worked around a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth before sophomore Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) slammed the door, needing just six pitches in a 1-2-3 ninth that included a strikeout.
Mastroberti was 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Cruz went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. Oliveira was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
- At 26-3, the team has surpassed the 2012 squad that advanced to the Division II College World Series for best start to a season. The 2012 team was 25-4 through its first 29 contests.
- The Penmen have won 12 of their last 13, including eight straight.
- Southern New Hampshire is outscoring its opponents, 87-16, during its current eight-game winning streak.
- Cruz has recorded a hit in 19 of his last 21 games, but had his hitting streak snapped at seven in game one.
- Helms finished the day 0-for-6 as he saw his team-best nine-game hitting streak snapped.
- Gavin has not allowed a run in eight-and-a-third innings, spanning eight appearances, to begin his career.
The Penmen are back in action Wednesday, April 13 when they take on third-ranked Franklin Pierce University. The next home game for the Penmen is Saturday, April 16 when they play host to Assumption College in doubleheader action that begins at 3 p.m. at Penmen Field.
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