When and Where: April 19, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Bentley University 4, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: Bentley 14-18 (11-7 NE10, 8-4 NE10 NE), SNHU 28-10 (14-5 NE10, 9-3 NE10 NE)
Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) went 3-for-3 and knocked in a pair of runs, but the fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team was edged by Bentley University, 4-3, in game two of the series at Penmen Field.
- Mulcay also drew a walk, as he reached base, four times.
- Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) finished 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
- Graduate student Chris Murphy (Billerica, Mass.) allowed three runs on six hits over six innings, striking out two and walking one.
- Bentley's Max Troiani went 3-for-4 with three solo home runs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Bentley grabbed the game's first lead for the second straight day, as Troiani led off the contest with a home run to center. Mike Samko tripled to the gap in right-center two batters later, before Ryan Berardino lifted a sacrifice fly to right that made it 2-0.
- Southern New Hampshire would tie it with a two-out rally in the bottom of the second. Redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.) stung a single up the middle to start it, before junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) reached on an error by the shortstop. Mulcay then came through by lining a base hit to center that scored both runs and evened the score, 2-2.
- The Penmen grabbed their first lead of the series in the third, as redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) led off with a double down the left field line and scored three batters later when Chavez stroked a base hit through the right side to make it 3-2.
- Troiani knotted the game at 3-all to lead off the sixth, hammering one out to center for his second home run of the game.
- Troiani did it again in the eighth against junior Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth, N.H.), giving Bentley a 4-3 lead with his fourth long-ball of the series, smacking this one to left-center.
- The Penmen would threaten in the ninth, with a walk to freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) and a Chavez single to left putting a pair on with one out. Bentley went to the bullpen and received a huge strikeout, before Coro hit a ball into the hole on the right side that would have tied the game, but the Bentley pitcher covered, took the flip from the first baseman and just barely beat Coro to the bag to end the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Kennedy was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.
- Redshirt-junior Sean Doherty (Haverhill, Mass.) went 1-for-4.
- Goldstein and Alexy both finished 1-for-5 with a run scored.
- Tobin (6-3) allowed one run on two hit over two innings.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) fired a 1-2-3 ninth.
- Southern New Hampshire has now dropped two straight, following a stretch in which it won 13 of 15.
- The Penmen, who had captured 12 of the last 13 against Bentley, have now lost back-to-back contests.
- SNHU is now 9-3 at home this season and dips to 84-20 (.808) at Penmen Field since the start of the 2014 season.
- Just how dominant has Southern New Hampshire been at home? This marks the first time it has lost consecutive home tilts to the same team since it was swept in a doubleheader by Southern Connecticut State University on April 7, 2013. It is also the first time the Penmen have dropped three straight at Penmen Field since April 20-22, 2011.
- Chavez is now 10-for-23 (.435) over his last six contests.
- The Penmen return to action Tuesday, April 23 (3:30 p.m.) when they wrap up the series with Bentley at Penmen Field. The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday, but was moved due to rain in the forecast.
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