When and Where: March 15, 2019 – Lantana, Fla. (Santaluces Complex)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 17, American International College 4
Game 2 Score: American International College 6, Southern New Hampshire University 2
Records: SNHU 13-5, AIC 7-5
Junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) was 3-for-6 with four RBI and two runs scored in a game-one victory, as the ninth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team split a Friday doubleheader with American International College at the Santaluces Complex in Lantana, Fla. The Penmen rolled to a 17-4 victory in the opener, before falling, 6-2, in the nightcap.
- Blandini was 4-for-10 with four RBI and two runs scored in the doubleheader
- Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) went 5-for-8 with a pair of walks, two RBI and three runs scored.
- Junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) was 3-for-7 with two RBI and scored a run.
- Freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) finished 3-for-5 with a walk and two runs scored
- Graduate student Cameron Scotia (Dudley, Mass.) picked up the win in game one, allowing one run on four hits over seven innings, while striking out seven and walking just two, to earn his first career win.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1
- Southern New Hampshire went ahead, 1-0 in the top of the first on an RBI single to center that scored redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.), who singled to right and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
- American Int'l pulled even in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly from Cam Defeo.
- SNHU went ahead for good in the fourth on an RBI single to center off the bat of sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.), before he and Kennedy scored on passed balls to make it 4-1.
- The Penmen hung a four-spot in the fifth to break it open. Blandini followed up a leadoff double from redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) with a triple to center and then scored on a wild pitch to nudge the advantage to 6-1. An RBI single from Henrie and sac fly by Faircloth pushed the lead to 8-1.
- Blandini then made it 10-1 in the sixth with a two-run double to right, before a run-scoring single from grad student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) gave the Penmen a 10-run cushion at 11-1 in the seventh.
- Blandini also sparked a six-run eighth with an RBI single to right, before he scored when redshirt-junior Sean Doherty (Haverhill, Mass.) reached on an error. Stanton's two-run base knock to center moved the lead to 15-1, with an RBI single to left from sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) and a run-scoring double to left from senior Kyle Ruth (Albany, N.Y.) bringing the score to 17-1.
- AIC added a run on a passed ball in the eighth and scored two in the ninth on a Josh Aviles two-run single.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 1
- Henrie was 4-for-5 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored.
- Alexy (three runs) and Taveras (RBI, run) were each 2-for-5.
- Stanton finished 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run after entering for Kennedy, who was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.
- Faircloth (RBI, run), Mulcay (walk, RBI, two runs) and Goldstein (two runs) were all 1-for-4.
- Redshirt-freshman Joshua Eastman (Marshfield, Mass.) allowed one run – unearned – on two hits, while striking out one, in an inning of work.
- Redshirt-sophomore Stephen Lemieux (Oxford, Mass.) relinquished two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out one, in an inning.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 2
- AIC struck first in the top of the second against redshirt-junior Brendan Welch (Easton, Mass.) when Eugene Quirk drove a two-out RBI single into right.
- The Yellow Jackets added to their lead in the third when Matt Elliott's two-out single to right brought in a pair of runs to make it 3-0.
- An RBI groundout and a two-out passed ball brought in two more runs to grow the AIC advantage to 5-0.
- SNHU chipped away at the deficit with single runs in the fourth and fifth. Goldstein brought in a run with a two-out base hit to left and Faircloth's two-out RBI single to left pulled the Penmen within 5-2.
- Aviles added some insurance in the sixth with an RBI single to right that made it 6-2 and SNHU would go six-up, six-down to end it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 2
- Faircloth (RBI) and Kennedy (run) were both 2-for-3.
- Senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) went 1-for-2 with a walk.
- Henrie (walk, run) and Goldstein (RBI) each finished 1-for-3.
- Blandini was 1-for-4.
- Welch (1-1) gave up four runs on three hits over three innings, striking out five and walking three.
- Senior Hayden Manning (Portland, Conn.) was charged with two runs – one earned – on one hit, while striking out a pair and walking one, in two-and-two-thirds innings.
- Senior Matthew Messier (No. Troy, Vt.) fired an inning-and-a-third of shutout ball, allowing just one hit, while fanning a pair.
- Southern New Hampshire has won six of its last eight.
- In just his second career start and first since April 28, 2017, Scotia submits the longest outing of his four-year tenure with the Penmen and singlehandedly surpasses two of his season totals for innings pitched.
- Not only is the victory the first career win for Scotia, it is his first decision in 15 appearances.
- SNHU's 17 runs in game one are a season high and the most since it put 18 runs on the board in an 18-1 win at Bentley on March 31 of last season.
- Henrie, who now has hit safely in five straight, collects the first four-hit game of his career.
- Goldstein owns a four-game hitting streak.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, March 16 (11:30 a.m.) when they wrap up their Florida trip against Adelphi University.
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