When and Where: April 17, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Northeast Delta Dental Stadium)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 9, Assumption College 1
Records: SNHU 31-3 (16-1 NE-10, 10-1 NE-10 NE), Assumption 14-18 (9-9 NE-10, 5-8 NE-10 NE)
Senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) allowed just one run over seven innings and six different batters drove in a run as the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team captured its 13th straight win with a 9-1 victory against Assumption College on Sunday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Southern New Hampshire drew first blood as it put up three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich, Conn.) started the scoring with a sacrifice fly to left field before an RBI bunt single to third by fellow sophomore Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) and a run-scoring double to the gap in right-center from junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) made it 3-0.
Jake Byrne's RBI single to right-center put Assumption on the board in the fourth, but the Greyhounds would strand a pair against McCarthy in the frame. The Greyhounds again threatened against McCarthy in the fifth, loading the bases with one out before a strikeout and fly out to right stranded all three runners.
The Penmen would add single runs in the fifth and sixth innings on RBI doubles by graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) and Webster, respectively, to nudge the SNU lead to 5-1.
Southern New Hampshire broke it open with a four-run seventh as a two-run triple from junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) and an RBI single to left from Olmstead did the majority of the damage.
McCarthy (3-1, 4.00 ERA) allowed one run on six hits, while striking out nine and walking just one over seven innings. Freshman Connor Gavin (E. Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore Ivon Clough (Dublin, N.H.) were both sharp in relief and produced a hitless frame apiece.
Webster was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Mastroberti finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, an RBI and a run scored. Olmstead (two RBI) and freshman Robert Fulkerson (Anaheim, Calif.; walk, run) were both 1-for-3.
- At 31-3, the Penmen are off to their best start ever. The 2012 squad that advanced to the Division II College World Series was 29-5 through its first 34 games.
- The Penmen have won 17 of their last 18, including 13 straight.
- Southern New Hampshire is outscoring its opponents, 130-32, during its current 13-game winning streak.
- Mastroberti currently owns the longest hitting streak on the team at seven games, during which he is 15-for-29 (.517) with six extra-base hits, nine RBI and six runs scored.
- McCarthy struck out five of the first six batters faced.
- Gavin has not allowed a run in nine-and-a-third innings, spanning nine appearances, to begin his career.
- Clough extends his scoreless streak to begin the season to 11 innings over five appearances.
The Penmen are back in action Tuesday, April 19 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Michael's College. The next home game for the Penmen is Friday, April 22 when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University in a pair of games that will begin at 4 p.m.
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