Merrimack Invades Penmen Field Tuesday as #9 Baseball Hosts NE-10 First Round Tilt

Merrimack Invades Penmen Field Tuesday as #9 Baseball Hosts NE-10 First Round Tilt

#9/#2 NE Southern New Hampshire (41-5, 24-3 NE-10, 18-3 NE-10 NE)
vs.
  #3 NE Merrimack (29-17, 19-10 NE-10, 13-8 NE-10 NE)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 6 p.m.
Penmen Field - Manchester, N.H.
Northeast-10 Championship First Round
Tickets - Adults ($6), Children/Seniors ($4), Students with NE-10 ID ($1) 

 


Schedule/Results
Roster
Statistics
Schedule/Results
Roster
Statistics

SERIES: Merrimack Leads, 35-33
LAST MEETING: SNHU 12, Merrimack 2 (04/24/16 at No. Andover, Mass.) 

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Last time out: SNHU 10, Saint Michael's 5 (05/03/16 at Manchester, N.H.)
Streak: Won 3
Offensive Leaders:
#14 Manny Cruz – 46 G, 64-170, .376/.486/.524, 2 HR, 31 RBI, 56 R, 13 2B, 3 3B
#6 Carson Helms – 45 G, 63-168, .375/.455/.643, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 53 R, 16 2B, 4 3B
#2 Mike Mastroberti - 46 G, 73-203, .360/.402/.596, 3 HR, 52 RBI, 48 R, 15 2B, 12 3B
#1 Zach Goldstein – 46 G, 60-182, .330/.434/.522, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 51 R, 10 2B, 5 3B
Probable Starter:
#22 Tim Viehoff – 11 G, 11 GS, 8-1, 2.12 ERA, 76.1 IP, 35 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 88/25 K/BB
Out of the 'Pen:
#16 Jake Walkinshaw – 17 G, 3-0, 8 SVs, 1.88 ERA, 28.2 IP, 21 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 33/5 K/BB
#20 Connor Gavin – 13 G, 0.69 ERA, 13.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 11/6 K/BB
#10 Ivon Clough – 9 G, 2-0, 1 SV, 3.18 ERA, 17.0 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 12/8 K/BB

Notes: Southern New Hampshire is making its fourth straight appearance in the Northeast-10 Championship and is looking to advance out of the first round for the second time during that span. The one time the Penmen did earn a Championship Weekend berth, they captured their first league title back in 2014. SNHU has won 27 of its last 30 and 23 of 25, following a 10-5 win in the regular-season finale against Saint Michael's last Tuesday. The Penmen, ranked ninth in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Poll, jumped out to an 8-0 lead before auto-piloting it the rest of the way. Sophomore Justin Valdespina allowed three runs – all unearned – on four hits, while striking out a career-high 12 and walking three, over seven innings. Junior Derek Bauer finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, two RBI and a run scored as he extended his RBI streak to 14 straight games. Graduate student Mike Mastroberti was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run, while junior Zach Goldstein went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Fellow junior Carson Helms batted 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs, with classmate Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) going 1-for-3 with two walks and a run. Sophomore Sean Webster was 1-for-2 with two walks and a pair of runs scored, while junior Cam Oliveira went 1-for-4 with his first career home run, two RBI and a run. SNHU's 41st victory of the season matched the 2014 team for the second highest win total in a single season.

MERRIMACK
Last time out: Merrimack 3, Stonehill 1 (05/07/16 at Easton, Mass.)
Streak: Won 4
Offensive Leaders:
#23 Bobby Losanno – 46 G, 60-171, .351/.415/.468, 2 HR, 30 RBI, 35 R, 8 2B, 3 3B
#33 Matt Brown – 35 G, 47-141, .333/.389/.447, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 23 R, 7 2B
#4 Tyler Lyne – 41 G, 57-175, .326/.383/.474, 1 HR, 37 RBI, 41 R, 13 2B, 5 3B
#18 Cam DiSarcina – 46 G, 62-194, .320/.391/.423, 34 RBI, 27 R, 16 2B, 2 3B
Possible Starter:
#24 Perry Kulaga – 13 G, 11 GS, 5-2, 3.40 ERA, 79.1 IP, 81 H, 37 R, 30 ER, 61/19 K/BB
Out of the 'Pen:
#34 Daniel Amidons – 6 G, 1 SV, 1.17 ERA, 7.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 11/10 K/BB
#31 Matt DiNello – 13 G, 1-1, 3 SV, 3.26 ERA, 30.1 IP, 32 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 24/7 K/BB
#7 Nate Spielvogel – 15 G, 3-1, 5 SV, 5.17 ERA, 15.2 IP, 13 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 25/11 K/BB

Notes: Merrimack is in the Northeast-10 Championship for the second straight season and is in search of its first conference crown since 1996 after falling short in the 2013 title game. The Warriors have captured 18 of 21, including eight-in-a-row against teams not named Southern New Hampshire or Franklin Pierce. Merrimack made a big late push to secure the Northeast Division's No. 3 seed with a three-game sweep of Stonehill. In Saturday's 3-1 win in the regular-season finale, the Warriors led 3-0 after five and cruised on the strength of senior Zach Schindler's dominant performance. The lefty worked eight-and-a-third innings, giving up just one run on four hits, while fanning five and walking four. Senior Bobby Losanno went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while junior Tyler Lyne was 3-for-5 with a run scored. Junior Cam DiSarcina (two RBI) and sophomore Matt Nicholson were both 2-for-4.