When and Where: May 19, 2016 – Rindge, N.H. (Pappas Field)
Score: Dowling College 4, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: Dowling 28-23, SNHU 45-6
Juniors Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) and Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) each went 2-for-4, but the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team only advanced one runner past second base as it was shut out by Dowling College, 4-0, Thursday afternoon on the opening day of the NCAA East Regional at Franklin Pierce University's Pappas Field.
The Penmen, seeded second, will now play in an elimination game Friday at 1:30 p.m. against the loser of Friday's early game between third-seeded Saint Thomas Aquinas College and sixth-seeded Molloy College. Seventh-seeded Dowling advances to take on the winner of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Molloy on Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Senior starter Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) was locked in a pitchers' duel with Dowling's Cody McPartland until the seventh inning when Robert Morse launched his team-leading third home run of the season to left center to give Dowling a 1-0 edge. The Golden Lions added three more against sophomore Ivon Clough (Dublin, N.H.) on a Tim Going RBI double to right-center and Kenneth Fils-Aime's two-run single to right-center.
Clough started the eighth, but allowed two on without recording an out and the Penmen again went to the bullpen for sophomore Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine). Powers later faced a bases-loaded, one-out jam, but wiggled out of it with a punch out and a fly out to keep it a 4-0 game.
The Penmen, who notched six hits in the game, stranded a runner in scoring position in the eighth and went in order for the fourth time in the ninth.
Viehoff (8-2, 2.86 ERA) was charged with three runs on eight hits, while fanning eight and walking just one, in six-and-two-thirds-innings. Clough relinquished one run on three hits and a walk, but allowed two inherited runners to score, while Powers walked one and struck out a batter in a hitless inning of work. Senior Joe McCarthy (Nashua, N.H.) struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
- Southern New Hampshire, who entered the day having won 31 of its last 34, 27 of 29 and seven straight, is still on pace for its best record ever at 45-6. The 2012 squad that advanced to the Division II College World Series in Cary, N.C., was 39-12 through its first 51 games.
- The Penmen are making their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Championship, as well as the fifth appearance, overall. They are now 10-10 (.500) all-time, including 9-8 (.529) in the East Regional.
- SNHU had not been shut out since losing at home to Franklin Pierce, 5-0, April 8, 2015 – a span of 74 games. It is also just the second shutout for the Penmen in 20 NCAA Championship games and the first since a 6-0 loss to Minnesota State University, Mankato on May 30, 2012 in the College World Series.
- The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for SNHU against non-Northeast-10 teams from the East Region. The previous defeat came in a 3-2 loss to Wilmington (Del.) University on May 14 of last season in the NCAA East Regional at Franklin Pierce.
- Southern New Hampshire falls to 34-1 this season when allowing four runs or less.
- Goldstein has hit safely in 19 of 20, while Cruz and Helms have both collected a base knock in 13 of 14. Goldstein and Cruz are tied for the longest hitting streak on the team at 10 contests.
- Cruz has reached base in 30 straight, with Goldstein holding a 22-game streak of the same variety.
- Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.), who had hit in 22 of his last 23 contests, including nine straight, went 0-for-4.
The Penmen return to action Friday, May 20 (1 p.m.) in an elimination game against Saint Thomas Aquinas or Molloy.
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Thursday, May 19
Game 1: #4 Felician 3, #5 Bridgeport 0
Game 2: #7 Dowling 4, #2 Southern New Hampshire 0
Friday, May 20
Game 3: #3 Saint Thomas Aquinas vs. #6 Molloy -- 10 a.m.
Game 4: #2 Southern New Hampshire vs. Game 3 Loser – 1:30 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 5: #4 Felician at #1 Franklin Pierce -- 5 p.m.
Game 6: #7 Dowling vs. Game 3 Winner – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21
Game 7: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Loser -- 11 a.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 8: Game 6 Loser vs. #5 Bridgeport -- 3 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner -- 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 22
Game 10: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner -- Noon (loser eliminated)
Game 11: Game 10 Winner vs. Game 9 Loser -- 3:30 p.m. (loser eliminated)
Monday, May 23
Game 12: Game 9 Winner vs. Game 11 Winner -- Noon
Game 13: Game 12 rematch* -- 40 minutes after conclusion of Game 12
* Game 13 only necessary if Game 11 Winner wins Game 12.