Assumption Tops #15 Baseball, 5-3, in Back-and-Forth Affair

Assumption Tops #15 Baseball, 5-3, in Back-and-Forth Affair


When and Where: April 28, 2019 – Worcester, Mass. (Rocheleau Field)
Score: Assumption College 5, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: Assumption 24-16 (12-10 NE10, 9-8 NE10 NE), SNHU 32-11 (18-6 NE10, 13-4 NE10 NE)

Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 and knocked in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, but the 15th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team fell to Assumption College, 5-3, Sunday at Rocheleau Field.


  • Chavez turned in the only multiple-hit day for the Penmen.
  • Junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) and sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) both drove in a run and finished 1-for-4. Blandini also scored a run.
  • Graduate student Camerona Scotia (Dudley, Mass.) threw two perfect innings of relief.


  • Southern New Hampshire grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with more two-out magic. Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) singled and then came around to score on a base hit to the gap in left-center by Mulcay.
  • Assumption broke a scoreless stretch of 19-and-two-thirds innings in the series when it posted a pair of second-inning unearned runs against graduate student Chris Murphy (Billerica, Mass.). Matt Schneider led off with a single up the middle and – three batters later – scored, as Hunter Tralli reached on a two-out throwing error after a grounder to third. Alex Richardson put the Greyhounds in front, 2-1, with an RBI knock to left.
  • The Penmen jumped back on top with a two-run fifth. Junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) led off with a double to left, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored three batters later on a two-out RBI double to right off the bat of Blandini. Chavez followed with a run-scoring single through the left side to make it 3-2.
  • The Greyhounds again leapfrogged in front with a pair of two-out unearned runs in the home half. Richardson led off with a base hit, was sacrificed to second by Jared Brescia and scored on a two-out throwing error following a ground ball to first. After back-to-back hit batsmen, a wild pitch brought in the go-ahead run to make it 4-3. Redshirt-sophomore Alex Gomes (Peabody, Mass.) entered from the bullpen and recorded a punchout to strand a pair in scoring position.
  • Assumption added an insurance run against Gomes in the sixth on a two-out infield single from Brescia that scored Matt Lonardo, who drew a leadoff walk, swiped second and moved to third on a groundout.
  • The Penmen would get a runner to third with two outs in the eighth, but stranded him there, before going in order in the ninth.


  • Henrie (walk, run) and Coro (run) were each 1-for-3.
  • Murphy (3-2) allowed four runs – all unearned – on four hits, while striking out six and not walking a batter, over four-and-two-thirds innings.
  • Gomes gave up one run on two hits, striking out one and walking one, in one-and-a-third innings.


  • Southern New Hampshire had its four-game winning streak snapped.
  • Assumption picked up its first victory against the Penmen since a 6-3 win at Penmen Field on April 13, 2014 – halting a string of 16 consecutive losses in the series.
  • The SNHU starters in the Assumption series – junior Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth, N.H.), redshirt-junior Endy Morales (Holyoke, Mass.) and Murphy – combined to go 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, allowing four runs – all unearned – on 12 hits over 22-and-two-thirds innings, while striking out 26 and walking just four.
  • Twelve of the 16 runs in the series were scored with two outs, including seven of SNHU's 11.
  • The Penmen were 12-for-38 (.316) in the series when batting with two outs.
  • Chavez is now 19-for-43 (.442) over his last 11 contests.


  • The Penmen are back in action Tuesday, April 30 (6 p.m.) when they play host to in-state rival Franklin Pierce University at Penmen Field.

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