When and Where: April 24, 2019 – Colchester, Vt. (Duffy Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 12, Saint Michael's College 3
Records: SNHU 30-10 (16-5 NE10, 11-3 NE10 NE), SMC 8-22 (5-15 NE10, 4-10 NE10 NE)
Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) drove in a career-high five runs Wednesday to lead the offensive attack in the 15th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team's 12-3 victory against Saint Michael's College at Duffy Field.
- Mulcay finished 3-for-4 with a home run, walk and a run scored.
- Redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.) homered and knocked in three runs, as he was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run scored.
- Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) went 3-for-5 and scored three times.
- Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) turned in a 2-for-3 performance with a walk and three runs scored.
- Sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) collected a pair of RBI and scored a run, while going 1-for-4.
- Redshirt-sophomore Alex Gomes (Peabody, Mass.) recorded the win to improve to 3-1, as he allowed one run on three hits in two innings of relief, striking out three and walking a batter.
- Senior Matthew Messier (No. Troy, Vt.) worked the first four innings, giving up one run on three hits, while punching out seven and walking two.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire went ahead, 1-0, in the top of the first, as Chavez singled to left, swiped second and scored on Mulcay's two-out base hit to left-center.
- The Penmen doubled their lead in the third when Henrie drove a single through the right side, advanced to third when Mulcay reach on an error and came home on a sacrifice fly to center off the bat of freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.).
- Saint Michael's sliced its deficit in half in the fourth on a two-out RBI single from Julien Giroux-Harvey.
- SNHU responded with a five-spot in the top of the fifth. Chavez started it with a lead-off walk, before Henrie's ground-rule double to right set the table for Mulcay, who smacked a three-run homer to right that made it 5-1. After Kennedy was hit by a pitch, Alexy crushed a two-run bomb to right-center and just like that it was 7-1.
- The Purple Knights received another two-out RBI single from Cameron Kroeger to push another run across in the home half.
- The Penmen kept coming, however, hanging another five-run inning on the board in the seventh. Taveras' two-run single to left-center delivered the first blow, with a sac fly to center from junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) plating the 10th run of the game for the visitors. A two-out RBI single to center from Mulcay and a bases-loaded walk to Alexy stretched the advantage to 12-2.
- Saint Michael's tacked one on in the ninth, as Anthony Azpeitia led off with a single and came around on three separate wild pitches.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- Kennedy finished 0-for-2 with a walk, RBI and a run scored.
- Senior Thomas Novick (Sudbury, Mass.) struck out one in a perfect frame.
- Redshirt-sophomore Scott Webster (Newburyport, Mass.) also struck out a batter in a shutout inning of work in his Penmen debut.
- Redshirt-sophomore Connor Crean (Southington, Conn.) allowed one run on one hit, while fanning a pair and walking a batter, in one inning.
- Southern New Hampshire has won six of its last nine, including two straight.
- The Penmen reach 30 victories for the seventh consecutive season.
- SNHU improves to 32-2 all-time against Saint Michael's and sweeps the regular-season series from the Purple Knights for the sixth consecutive season. The Penmen have won 22 straight meetings.
- Mulcay's home run was his second of the season and 10th of his career.
- Alexy's long ball was also his second of the year and third of his career.
- It is already the fifth three-hit performance of the season for Henrie and the sixth of his career.
- Chavez is now 13-for-30 (.433) over his last eight contests.
- The Penmen return to action Saturday, April 27 when they take on Assumption College in doubleheader action that begins at noon.
- SNHU returns home Tuesday, April 30 (6 p.m.) when it plays host to in-state rival Franklin Pierce University at Penmen Field.
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