When and Where: April 27, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Franklin Pierce University 7, Southern New Hampshire University 1
Records: Franklin Pierce 36-4 (17-2 NE-10, 12-1 NE-10 NE), SNHU 37-4 (22-2 NE-10, 14-2 NE-10 NE)
Junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) drove in a run to extend his RBI streak, but the fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team lost for the first time in nearly a month as eighth-ranked Franklin Pierce University recorded a 7-1 victory Wednesday evening under the lights at Penmen Field.
Max DiTondo grabbed the Ravens a 1-0 lead in the top of the second against sophomore Justin Valdespina (Garfield, N.J.) as he led off the frame with a solo shot to center.
Franklin Pierce did more damage against the hard-throwing right-hander in the third as it took advantage of a pair of Penmen errors to dink-and-dunk its way to a four-spot in the inning. Justin Brock's RBI single to score Kyle Hood, who led off with a double, began the scoring. The Ravens then had the bases loaded with no one out when a groundball to third was not handled, allowing another run to score and extending the difficult situation. Matthew O' Herron's two-run, two-out double to left-center later in the inning was really the only well-struck ball of the inning and made it 5-0.
Southern New Hampshire grabbed one back in the fourth when junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) dropped a two-out double down the line in right and scored on Bauer's single back up the middle.
The Ravens plated single runs in the fifth and sixth, however, as Chris LaVorgna's solo homer to center and Hood's RBI base knock to center stretched the lead to 7-1.
Valdespina lasted five innings, while allowing a season-high seven runs – four earned – on a season-most 11 hits, striking out six and walking one. Sophomore Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) came in and settled things down as he worked a pair of scoreless frames, giving up just one hit and one walk, while fanning four. Sophomore Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) worked a shutout inning, striking out two and walking one, with classmate Ivon Clough (Dublin, N.H.) tossing a 1-2-3 ninth.
Bauer (RBI) and Helms (run) were both 1-for-4, while graduate student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.) went 1-for-3.
Paul Covelle went the distance for Franklin Pierce, relinquishing just one run on three hits, while punching out six and walking one.
- The Penmen see their program-long and nation-best 19-game winning streak come to a close. The last time SNHU had lost was March 30 in a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Franklin Pierce.
-Southern New Hampshire, which has still won 23 of its last 25, had outscored its opponents, 193-57, during the winning streak.
- Bauer, who leads the Northeast-10 in RBI (47) and is third in home runs (8), has driven in at least one run in nine straight games, totaling 20 RBI during that stretch.
- Grad student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.), who came in on an absolute tear, saw his team-best 13-game hit streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 night.
- Junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) also saw his nine-game hitting streak come to a close.
- Clough extends his scoreless streak to begin the season to 14-and-a-third innings over eight appearances.
The Penmen are back in action Friday, April 29 (3:30 p.m.) when they go for the season sweep of Saint Anselm College at Sullivan Park. The next home game for the Penmen is Saturday, April 30 when they play host to Stonehill College in doubleheader action that begins at noon on NESNplus and NESN National at Penmen Field.
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