When and Where: April 11, 2019 – Colchester, Vt. (Doc Jacobs Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Saint Michael's College 5
Records: SNHU 25-7 (11-2 NE10, 6-0 NE10 NE), SMC 5-16 (2-10 NE10, 1-5 NE10 NE)
Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored, as the fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team used a four-run seventh inning to get past Saint Michael's College on Thursday at Doc Jacobs Field.
- Henrie's two-run double in the seventh served as one of the game's key hits.
- Junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.; RBI, run) and redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.; two runs) both finished 2-for-5.
- Graduate student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and three stolen bases.
- Redshirt-sophomore Alex Gomes (Peabody, Mass.) struck out three of the five batters he faced in one-and-two-thirds innings of perfect ball to earn the win.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) struck out a pair and allowed a hit in an inning-and-two-thirds to collect the save.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire scored first in the top of the first inning, as singles by Goldstein and Henrie put two on, before a two-out fly to shallow left from junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) looked to be the end of the inning, but the shortstop dropped the ball, allowing two runs to score.
- Saint Michael's would tie it against grad student Cameron Scotia (Dudley, Mass.) in the home half, however, on Trevor Allen's two-run homer to right.
- The Purple Knights grabbed the lead in the bottom of the third on Dante Moran's two-out RBI base hit to left-center.
- SNHU pulled even in the fifth when Stanton singled, swiped second and scored on Blandini's two-out single.
- The Penmen would take the lead for good with a four-run seventh. Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) started it with a double to left-center and then scored on an RBI hit to left from classmate Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.). After Blandini followed with a ground-rule double to right, Henrie plated a pair with his double to the gap in left center. Junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) capped the scoring with SNHU's fourth double of the inning, making it 7-3.
- Saint Michael's sliced its deficit in half in the eighth with a pair of runs, as Lenin Gomez' run-scoring single and Iset Maldonado's sacrifice fly trimmed the Penmen lead to 7-5.
- Southern New Hampshire would give Praml, who recorded the final two outs of the eighth, some insurance in the ninth when Goldstein led off with a base hit to left-center, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Henrie's single up the middle.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Mulcay went 1-or-3 with a run scored.
- Taveras (RBI, run) and Coro (walk, RBI) were each 1-for-4.
- Freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) was 1-for-5.
- Scotia, who fired eight shutout innings against Saint Michael's in his last outing March 29, gave up three runs on six hits, while striking out seven and walking a pair.
- Redshirt-sophomore Zachary Merchant (Lunenburg, Mass.) was charged with two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning-and-a-third.
- Southern New Hampshire has won 12 of the last 14 and 10 of 11.
- SNHU improves to 31-2 all-time versus the Purple Knights.
- Praml's seventh save of the year moves him into a fifth-place tie with John Gunter (1993) on the program's single-season list.
- Stanton's three stolen bases leap him over Nick Xintaras (1995-98) and into sixth place on the program's all-time list with 47 steals.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, April 13 when they take on Stonehill College in a doubleheader that begins at noon.
- The next home game for SNHU is Friday, April 19 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Bentley University.
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