When and Where: April 19, 2016 – Colchester, Vt. (Doc Jacobs Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Saint Michael's College 1
Records: SNHU 32-3 (17-1 NE-10, 11-1 NE-10 NE), Saint Michael's 2-18 (1-10 NE-10, 1-9 NE-10 NE)
Juniors Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) and Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) both homered and drove in two runs, while senior Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) allowed just one run over seven innings and struck out 13, as the fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team ran its winning streak to 14 straight games with an 8-1 triumph over Saint Michael's College on Tuesday at Doc Jacobs Field.
Bauer put the Penmen on the board first in the top of the fourth as he took the second pitch of the inning and deposited it over the fence in right for his seventh home run of the season. Goldstein then made it 2-0 with a run-scoring fielder's choice grounder to second before fellow junior Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) plated the inning's third run with a base knock to right.
Saint Michael's grabbed one back in the bottom of the fourth, but Southern New Hampshire tacked on two more in the sixth to open a 5-1 lead. Sophomore Andrew Lalonde (Bedford, N.H.) led off the inning with a single up the middle and scored three batters later on a wild pitch. Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.), the reigning Northeast-10 Player of the Week, then followed with an RBI single to right.
Goldstein's one-out solo shot stretched the advantage to 6-1 in the eighth, while sacrifice flies from Bauer and Lalonde in the ninth made it 8-1.
Viehoff (8-0, 1.86 ERA) allowed one run on two hits, while striking out 13 and walking just two, over seven innings. Freshman Dylan Sbordone (Newton, Mass.) tossed a shutout eighth, allowing a hit and a walk, while senior Ian Searles (Wareham, Mass., Mass.) gave up just one hit in a scoreless ninth.
Cruz was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, while Lalonde finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) went 2-for-5 and scored a run, with Goldstein (two RBI, two runs) and Bauer (two RBI, run) each going 1-for-4.
- At 32-3, the Penmen are off to their best start ever. The 2012 squad that advanced to the Division II College World Series was 30-5 through its first 35 games.
- The 32 victories surpass the 31 from last season and are the fourth most in a single season in the 51-year history of the program.
- The Penmen have won 18 of their last 19, including 14 straight, which is the longest winning streak in program history.
- Southern New Hampshire is outscoring its opponents, 138-33, during its current 14-game winning streak.
- Over his last five starts, Viehoff is 5-0 with a 0.51 ERA. Over the 35 innings during the stretch, Viehoff has allowed just 12 hits, while striking out 49 and walking only eight.
- Mastroberti currently owns the longest hitting streak on the team at eight games, during which he is 16-for-33 (.485) with six extra-base hits, 10 RBI and six runs scored.
-Bauer's seventh home run moved him into sole possession of second place in the Northeast-10.
-Viehoff is now first in the league in wins and tied for second in ERA.
The Penmen are back in action 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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