When and Where: March 11, 2019 – Lantana, Fla. (Santaluces Complex)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 6, Post University 3
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 1, Post University 0 (7 inn.)
Records: SNHU 11-3, Post 1-4
Redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in game one and junior Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth, N.H.) struck out a career-high 11 over six-and-two-thirds scoreless innings in game two, as the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team swept a doubleheader from Post University on Monday at the Santaluces Complex. The Penmen doubled up the Eagles, 6-3, in the opener, before posting a 1-0, seven-inning win in the nightcap.
- Goldstein finished the twinbill 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored, driving in the go-ahead run in game one, as well as stealing home.
- Tobin (3-1) nearly went the distance in game two, tossing six-and-two-thirds scoreless frames, while allowing four hits, striking out 11 and walking just one.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) closed out both games, striking out all three batters he faced to earn a pair of saves.
- In game one, redshirt-junior Endy Morales (Holyoke, Mass.) earned the victory, giving up one run on four hits, while fanning five and walking one, over five innings.
- Junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) went 3-for-5 with a run scored, as he also walked and was hit by a pitch.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1
- Post went ahead, 1-0, in the bottom of the first, with Evan Schaffner leading off with a base hit to right and scoring three batters later on Tyler Melko's RBI single up the middle.
- Southern New Hampshire would answer in the second when Faircloth singled to left, stole second and scored on a two-out wild pitch to tie it. After walks to freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) and sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.), Goldstein made the Eagles pay with a single up the middle that put the Penmen on top for good at 2-1.
- SNHU added two more in the third, with junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) drawing a leadoff walk, redshirt-junior Sean Doherty (Haverhill, Mass.) singling to right and junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) getting hit by a pitch to load the bases. The Penmen did some two-out damage without putting the ball in play, as sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) was hit by a pitch and Kennedy walked to make it 4-1.
- Goldstein stretched the lead to 5-1 in the fourth, as he led off with a base hit, stole second, moved to third on a Blandini groundout to the right side and then swiped home on a straight steal with two outs.
- The Penmen led off the sixth inning with singles from Taveras and Goldstein, before Blandini followed with a base knock of his own to push the advantage to 6-1.
- A Nicholas Gastin sacrifice fly in the home half of the inning trimmed the Post deficit to 6-2.
- After three of the first four Post batters singled in the bottom of the ninth to make it a 6-3 game, Praml was summoned from the bullpen and promptly struck out both batters he faced to end the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 1
- Goldstein (RBI, two runs) and Faircloth (walk, run) were each 3-for-4.
- Blandini turned in a 2-for-4 performance, while drawing a walk, knocking in a run and scoring once.
- Taveras was 1-for-3 with a walk.
- Mulcay finished 1-for-4 and drove in a run.
- Kennedy went 0-for-1 with a pair of walks, an RBI and a run scored.
- Senior Matthew Messier (No. Troy, Vt.) relinquished two runs on five hits over three-and-a-third innings, punching out five and not walking a batter.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 2
- With both pitchers locked in a duel, it was Southern New Hampshire that would break through in the fourth. After back-to-back, one-out singles from redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.) and sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) put runners at the corners, Coro lifted a sac fly to center that plated Alexy to make it 1-0.
- Tobin would make that one run stand up into the seventh, as he retired 20 of the first 23 he faced, including 11-in-a-row at one point.
- After consecutive strikeouts to begin the seventh, however, two straight singles put runners at the corners for Post. Praml was again called in from the bullpen and again he came up with a game-ending strikeout to nail down the save.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 2
- Alexy was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
- Henrie had the only other SNHU hit and was 1-for-3.
- Southern New Hampshire has won 10 of its last 11 and four straight.
- Henrie had an 11-game hitting streak snapped in game one and has now hit safely in 12 of 14 games this season.
- Coro's six-game hitting streak came to an end in game one, as well.
- Messier allowed his first two earned runs of the season in six-and-two-thirds innings.
- The Penmen return to action Tuesday, March 12 (12 p.m.) when they take on Molloy College in the fourth game of the Florida trip.
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