#15 Baseball Sweeps Merrimack; Earns Top Seed

#15 Baseball Sweeps Merrimack; Earns Top Seed

BOX SCORE GAME 1| BOX SCORE GAME 2 | RAPID REACTION WITH SENIOR CHRIS MURPHY | NE10 PLAYOFF BRACKET

When and Where: May 4, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Game 1:  #15 Southern New Hampshire University 6, Merrimack College 2
Game 2:  #15 Southern New Hampshire University 3, Merrimack College 0
Records: SNHU 36-11 (22-6 NE10, 17-4 NE10 NE), Merrimack 25-18 (18-9 NE10, 14-7 NE10 NE)

Grad student Chris Murphy (Billerica, Mass.) tossed eight scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts leading #15 Southern New Hampshire to a 3-0 win over Merrimack and a sweep of Saturday's doubleheader at Penmen Field. SNHU won the opener 6-2.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS

  • Redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.) was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the opener
  • Redshirt-junior Endy Morales (Holyoke, Mass.) went the distance in the opener to improve to 6-2 on the season. 
  • Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) had three singles in the opener.
  • Classmate Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) had three hits in the second game to finish the doubleheader with four hits in nine at bats. 
  • Murphy won for the first time in almost a month (April 6), allowing just three hits.  He walked just one batter. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Merrimack, as it did on Thursday in the series opener, took an early lead.  Joey Porricelli led off the game with a double to right, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
  • Southern New Hampshire tied it in the home half, as junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) led off with a walk and Chavez singled.  Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) ripped a single through the left side to load the bases with one out.  Freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) knocked in the run with a sacrifice fly.
  • The Warriors scored their final run of the doubleheader in the top of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead.  Poricelli singled and Michael Golankiewicz plated him with a double to right center.
  • Kennedy walked in the bottom of the fourth inning and Alexy followed with a two-run homer, which proved to be the game-winning hit.
  • Three consecutive hits to start the bottom of the fifth inning led to another run for the Penmen.  Blandini doubled and Chavez singled to put runners on the corners.  Henrie gave his side a 4-2 lead with a run-producing double to right field.
  • SNHU sent eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring twice.  Mulcay drew a walk and Kennedy singled.  Alexy knocked in his third run of the game with a base-hit.  With Kennedy at third, redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) reached on a hit-by-pitch.  Sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) drove in the final run with a fielder's choice grounder.
  • In the nightcap, Murphy worked the first eight innings, and sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) finished up for his ninth save of the season.
  • SNHU's Blandini singled to start the bottom of the first inning, stealing second, and moving to third on a groundout.  Henrie grounded out, but Blandini scored to make it 1-0.
  • The Penmen extended the lead in the last of the second.  Grad student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) walked, senior Kyle Ruth (Albany, N.Y.) reached on an error, and Goldstein hit a sacrifice fly.
  • In the last of the seventh inning, Henrie singled and senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) walked.  A pair of passed balls led to a run.

NOTES

  • The victory in the first game clinched a fourth straight NE10 Northeast Division title and the No. 1 seed for the NE10 Championship.
  • Southern New Hampshire has won eight of its last nine games.
  • SNHU has won 20 of the last 24 meetings with Merrimack.
  • The Penmen improve to 16-3 at home this season and better their record to 91-20 (.820) at Penmen Field since the start of the 2014 season.

UP NEXT

  • The Penmen will open the Northeast-10 Championship on Tuesday, May 7 with a home game against Franklin Pierce University.  Game time has been set for 6 p.m.

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