When and Where: March 30, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Saint Anselm College 1
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 13, Saint Anselm College 2
Records: SNHU 18-6 (4-1 NE10, 3-0 NE10 NE), Saint Anselm 5-15 (1-4 NE10, 0-3 NE10 NE)
Freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) went 5-for-9, drove in four runs and scored twice, as the seventh-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team swept a doubleheader from Saint Anselm College on Saturday afternoon at Penmen Field. SNHU used a pair of late runs to pull out a 3-1 win in game one, before erupting for a 13-2 victory in the second game.
- Kennedy picked up the game-winning hit in the opener with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth.
- Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) finished 3-for-7 with a walk, RBI and a run scored in the twinbill.
- Junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) was 2-for-5 with a pair of walks, an RBI and two runs scored.
- Redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) finished 2-for-7 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored.
- Junior Phoenix Hernandez (Brooklyn, N.Y.), who pinch hit in the second game, was 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and a run.
- Redshirt-junior Endy Morales (Holyoke, Mass.) pitched game one and allowed one run on six hits over six-plus innings, while striking out four and walking three.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) collected the win in that contest with three perfect innings of relief, striking out four without walking a batter.
- In game two, graduate student Chris Murphy (Billerica, Mass.) worked six innings, giving up two runs – one earned – on four hits, punching out 11 and walking just one to earn the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1
- Saint Anselm threatened in the top of the second, loading the bases with one out after a walk and back-to-back singles. Morales responded by getting a fielder's choice grounder to cut down the runner at home and then ended the inning with called strike three to keep it scoreless.
- Southern New Hampshire picked up the game's first run in the home half without the benefit of a hit. Back-to-back one-out walks to junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) and Coro, followed by a fielder's choice groundout, put runners at the corners before a balk brought home Faircloth to make it 1-0.
- Saint Anselm found the scoreboard in the top of the seventh, as a leadoff single, error on a sac bunt and a walk, loaded the bases with no one out, knocking Morales from the game. Senior Hayden Manning (Portland, Conn.) entered, but allowed a Jack Dunklee bloop single to center to tie the game. That would be the only batter he faced, as Praml came in from the bullpen and went strikeout-foul out-strikeout to get out of the jam.
- The Penmen went ahead in the eighth, with sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) drawing a leadoff walk, junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) singling through the right side, sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) moving the runners with a sac bunt and Mulcay being put on intentionally, to load the bases with one out. Kennedy then came through with a two-run single through the right side to put SNHU in front, 3-1.
- Praml (1-0) fired a 1-2-3 ninth to end it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 1
- Kennedy finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
- Faircloth (walk, run) and Blandini (run) were each 1-for-3.
- Manning gave up a hit to the only batter he faced.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 2
- Southern New Hampshire struck first when Kennedy led off with a single to right, moved to third on Mulcay's base hit and scored on a sac fly to right off the bat of Taveras.
- The Penmen doubled their lead in the third when Coro and Henrie led off with back-to-back walks, before Kennedy delivered an RBI single to make it 2-0.
- SNHU broke it open with a seven-run fourth. Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) led off with a single up the middle, before Goldstein smacked a two-run homer to left to stretch the lead to 4-0. After Coro singled and stole second, a deep fly ball to center off the bat of Henrie looked to be out No. 3, but the centerfielder could not hang on to the ball back near the wall, allowing a run to score and Henrie to scamper to third. Kennedy followed with another RBI base knock to extend the lead to 6-0. Kennedy went to second on a wild pitch, with Mulcay knocking him in with a single to center, while Hernandez made it 9-0 with a two-run, pinch-hit home run to left-center.
- The Penmen tacked on a run in the fifth when Coro drilled an RBI triple to right-center, scoring Blandini, who reached on a fielder's choice that erased Goldstein following his single to center.
- Saint Anselm picked up a pair in the top of the sixth, as an RBI groundout from Connor Parent put the Hawks on the board, before an unearned run came home on a two-out wild pitch.
- SNHU added a pair in the seventh when grad student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) picked up an RBI on a single through the left side, with a second run scoring on the play following a pair of errors.
- The Penmen pushed across another unearned run in the eighth when redshirt-freshman Jacob Hunt (Goffstown, N.H.) reached on an error to lead off the frame, went to second on Hernandez' single through the left side, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Chavez' RBI groundout.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 2
- Kennedy went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.
- Mulcay turned in a 3-for-4 performance with an RBI and a run scored.
- Goldstein (two RBI, run), Hernandez (two RBI, run) and Coro (walk, RBI, two runs) were all 2-for-3.
- Taveras was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
- Chavez finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
- Redshirt-junior Sean Doherty (Haverhill, Mass.) went 1-for-1 and scored a run against his former team, while Stanton was also 1-for-1 with an RBI.
- Redshirt-sophomore Zachary Merchant (Lunenburg, Mass.) worked two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out one.
- Grad student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) fired a hitless ninth, walking one.
- Southern New Hampshire has won 11 of its last 14, including five of the last six and three straight.
- The 13 runs for SNHU in game two were its second highest total of the year, while its 16 hits are the third most of the season.
- The Penmen did not give up a run at Penmen Field in the first 15-plus innings to begin the season.
- Goldstein's home run was the first of his career, while Hernandez' long ball was his first of the season and third in a Penmen uniform.
- The two wins clinched the series and, thus, two points for SNHU in the Queen City Cup standings. The Penmen now lead, 19-15, in the battle for Manchester supremacy, with regular-season softball points still up for grabs.
- The Penmen wrap up the series with Saint Anselm College on Sunday, March 31 at Penmen Field. The start time was moved up to 9 a.m. due to expected rain throughout the afternoon.
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