When and Where: April 29, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Sullivan Park)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 14, Saint Anselm College 3
Records: SNHU 38-4 (23-2 NE-10, 15-2 NE-10 NE), Saint Anselm 8-31 (3-19 NE-10, 3-14 NE-10 NE)
Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) hit a grand slam as one of four home runs for the fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team as it rebounded from its first loss in 20 games with a 14-3 drubbing of Saint Anselm College on Friday afternoon at Sullivan Park.
Junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.) put Southern New Hampshire ahead, 1-0, in the top of the first when his sacrifice fly to left scored classmate Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.), who led off the game with a walk, went to second on a single to right by junior Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) and moved to third on Mastroberti's fielder's choice groundout to short.
SNHU doubled its lead in the second on a solo shot to right-center from sophomore Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich, Conn.) before putting up three more in the third. Helms' RBI double down the left field line, a run-scoring single to right from junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) and a sac fly to center by grad student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.) made it 5-0.
The Penmen broke it open with three more in the sixth as Olmstead took the second pitch of the inning over the fence for his second home run of the day before a throwing error by the third baseman on a grounder from Helms scored a pair of unearned runs that stretched the lead to eight.
Saint Anselm finally jumped on the board in the bottom of the frame on a two-out error, but the Penmen offense went right back to work in the seventh as it hung a five-spot, highlighted by Mastroberti's two-out grand slam to left that made it 13-1.
Gendron's one-out solo blast capped the scoring for Southern New Hampshire, while the Hawks scraped a pair across in the ninth on a bases loaded walk and sac fly.
Junior Ben Criscuolo (Branford, Conn.; 8-0, 3.02 ERA) tossed the first seven innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits, while striking out four and walking one. Freshman Mike Pineda-O'Donnell (Pennington, N.J.) worked around a walk for a shutout eighth, while sophomore Jake Pitser (New Milford, Conn.) relinquished two runs on a hit and pair of walks in the ninth.
Mastroberti finished 2-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored, while Cruz was also 2-for-5 with a walk, RBI and pair of runs. Sophomore Sean Webster (Boston, Mass.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, with Olmstead going 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Gendron (two RBI, run), Bauer (walk, RBI), Goldstein (two walks, run) and freshman Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.; walk, run) were all 1-for-3. Helms was 1-for-4 with two RBI and a run.
- Southern New Hampshire, which has won 24 of its last 26 and 20 of 21, is still on pace for its best record ever at 38-4. The 2012 squad that advanced to the Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C., was 33-9 through its first 42 games.
- Bauer, who ranks second in the Northeast-10 in RBI (48) and third in home runs (8), has driven in at least one run in 10 straight games, totaling 21 RBI during that stretch.
- Mastroberti has a hit in 14 of his last 15 contests, while Goldstein has hit safely in 10 of 11.
The Penmen are back in action 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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