#15 Baseball Clinches NE10 Championship Berth with Convincing 11-0 Win Over Franklin Pierce

BOX SCORE | RAPID REACTION WITH GRADUATE STUDENT JAKE WALKINSHAW | HIGHLIGHTS

When and Where: April 30, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 11, Franklin Pierce University 0
Records: SNHU 33-11 (19-6 NE10, 14-4 NE10 NE), FPU 21-20 (14-10 NE10, 10-8 NE10 NE)

Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) tossed seven scoreless innings and 10 different Penmen recorded a hit, as the 15th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team blanked in-state rival Franklin Pierce University, 11-0, Tuesday evening at Penmen Field.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Walkinshaw (7-0) allowed just three hits, while fanning 10 and walking only one.
  • Senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) went 3-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored.
  • Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) finished 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored.
  • Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) was 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs.
  • Redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.; three RBI), redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.; two RBI, two runs) and junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.; RBI, run) were all 1-for-3.
  • Junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) went 2-for-6 with an RBI and a run scored.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Southern New Hampshire sent 10 to the plate to hang a six-spot in the bottom of the first. Blandini started it by scorching a double past the first baseman and down the line, before going to third on a single to right from Henrie and scoring the game's first run on a wall-scraping single to right by Mulcay. After a walk to Zbierski loaded the bases, a sacrifice fly to center from Alexy made it 2-0. Following a perfect bunt single from Coro that re-loaded the bases, Goldstein came through with a two-run single through the left side that doubled the lead to 4-0. Coro tried to take third on a pitch in the dirt and the catcher's throw sailed into left field, allowing Coro to come home. Sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) extended the advantage to 6-0 with a base knock up the middle to bring in Goldstein.
  • The Penmen did not let up in the second, mounting a two-out rally when Mulcay walked and Zbierski reached on an error, before Alexy stroked a two-run double to the gap in left-center to make it 8-0.
  • SNHU added another run in the fifth when Goldstein was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Blandini's two-out single up the middle.
  • The Penmen tacked on another to make it 10-0 in the sixth, as Henrie, Mulcay and Zbierski led off with singles to load the bases, before Coro lifted a sac fly to left.
  • Great hustle from Zbierski netted SNHU another run in the eighth, as he skied a ball down the right field line and hustled out of the box, eventually diving into third with a triple when the ball dropped in fair. Redshirt-freshman Matthew Crisci (Hainesport, N.J.) followed with a pinch-hit sac fly to right that nudged the lead to 11-0.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Taveras was 1-for-2 with an RBI, with grad student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) pinch hitting for him and going 1-for-3.
  • Senior Matthew Messier (No. Troy, Vt.) struck out the side in order in the eighth.
  • Redshirt-sophomore Zachary Merchant (Lunenburg, Mass.) walked a pair and struck out a batter in a hitless ninth.

NOTES

  • The win officially clinches the Penmen a berth into the Northeast-10 Championship and moves them into a first-place tie with Merrimack College in the Northeast Division standings. Two wins in the upcoming series with Merrimack will give SNHU the division crown and No. 1 seed heading into the postseason.
  • Southern New Hampshire has won five of its last six.
  • SNHU captures its seventh straight against Franklin Pierce, as well as its fifth-in-a-row at home.
  • The Penmen sweep the regular-season series from the Ravens for the third straight year.
  • The 11-run margin of victory is SNHU's largest against Franklin Pierce since it posted a 14-0 win April 8, 1998.
  • It is Southern New Hampshire's first shutout of FPU since April 5, 2017 when it recorded a 1-0 road victory.
  • SNHU improves to 13-3 at home this season and betters its record to 88-20 (.815) at Penmen Field since the start of the 2014 season.
  • In three starts this season against Franklin Pierce, Walkinshaw is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA, having allowed just three runs on 15 hits over 23 innings, while striking out 24 and walking six. The Ravens are hitting just .195 against him.
  • Crisci's RBI in the eighth was the first of his career, while the hit later in the inning for redshirt-freshman Samuel Auray (Easton, Conn.) was the first knock of his career.
  • Walkinshaw's 23rd career victory moves him to within five wins of tying Alex Person (2014-17) for the program's all-time record.
  • Mulcay is 12-for-22 (.545) with a home run, 11 RBI and four runs scored in his last six games.
  • Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) had his six-game hitting streak snapped.

UP NEXT

  • The Penmen are back in action Friday, May 3 (6 p.m.) when they play host Merrimack at Penmen Field.

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