BOX SCORE | HIGHLIGHTS
When and Where: April 2, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 5, Franklin Pierce University 2
Records: SNHU 20-6 (6-1 NE10, 5-0 NE10 NE), FPU 12-11 (5-2 NE10, 3-2 NE10 NE)
Junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the seventh inning and graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) turned in a quality start, as the seventh-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team secured a 5-2 victory against in-state rival Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday afternoon at Penmen Field.
- Faircloth went 3-for-4 with the two RBI.
- Walkinshaw allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings, while striking out five and walking a pair.
- Freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run scored.
- Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.; RBI, two runs), junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.; two runs) and redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) all turned in multiple-hit efforts, going 2-for-5.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) collected his sixth save of the season by striking out both batters he faced.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Walkinshaw worked around a Ural Forbes leadoff single in the second, as a passed ball and a groundout gave the Ravens a runner on third with just one out, but two easy grounders got the Penmen out of the tight spot.
- Southern New Hampshire could not take advantage in the home half, as a leadoff single from Kennedy and a walk to sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) put a pair on with no outs, but it would not score. After a popped up bunt and a strikeout marked the first two outs, a bouncing ball up the middle from junior Phoenix Hernandez (Brooklyn, N.Y.) prompted the shortstop to get the force at second, but Mulcay beat the flip. Kennedy rounded third and tried to score, but was cut down at the plate to end the inning.
- SNHU pushed the game's first run across in the bottom of the third, with a one-out single to right from Blandini, who went to second when the right fielder could not handle the ball cleanly, and an infield hit by Goldstein putting a pair at the corners. Henrie followed by punching an RBI single through the right side to score Blandini and make it 1-0.
- The Penmen doubled their lead in the fifth when Henrie crushed a two-out double into the gap in right-center and scored on Kennedy's single up the middle.
- Franklin Pierce sliced the deficit in half in the sixth when Josh Tower led off with a single through the left side, went to second on a groundout and was knocked in on a two-out single to right-center by Brad Roberto.
- After SNHU stranded a runner at third with one out in the bottom of the sixth, the Ravens tied it in the seventh as Forbes took the first pitch of the frame and deposited it into the trees in center field.
- Southern New Hampshire worked its way into the FPU bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, with a Blandini lead-off single to center, an error on a grounder to second from Henrie and a Kennedy walk loading the bases. Faircloth delivered a two-out, two-run single to left that snapped the tie and gave the Penmen a 4-2 advantage. Fellow junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) followed by shooting a single up the middle to bring home Kennedy and widen the lead to three.
- Walkinshaw turned it over to the bullpen in the eighth and Franklin Pierce would not put more than one runner on in either of the two final frames.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Hernandez went 1-for-3.
- Coro (RBI) and sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) were each 1-for-4.
- Redshirt-sophomore Alex Gomes (Peabody, Mass.) walked one and struck out one in two-thirds of an inning.
- Senior Hayden Manning (Portland, Conn.) gave up one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
- Southern New Hampshire has won 13 of its last 16, including seven of the last eight, and five straight.
- SNHU has now won eight of the last nine against Franklin Pierce, including five-in-a-row.
- The Penmen have not trailed in five games – 45 innings – this season at Penmen Field.
- Walkinshaw's 20th career victory moves him into a second-place tie with Derrick Sylvester (2010-11, 13-14) on the program's all-time wins list.
- Praml's sixth save of the year moves him into sixth place on the program's single-season saves list.
- The Penmen return to action Friday, April 5 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Southern Connecticut State University at Penmen Field.
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