#3 LIU Post Holds Off #2 Southern New Hampshire, 4-3, to Advance to NCAA East II Regional Final

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When and Where: May 17, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Long Island University-LIU Post 4, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: LIU Post 38-14, SNHU 37-13

Sophomore Christopher Wasson (Massapequa, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 and hit a two-run, go-ahead home run in the seventh inning, as 25th-ranked and third-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post edged 17th-ranked and second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University, 4-3, Friday at Penmen Field to advance to the NCAA East II Regional final.

The Golden Falcons advance to Saturday's (12 p.m.) final and await the team that moves on after the remainder of Friday's games. The Penmen will play again Friday at 9 p.m. against the winner of sixth-seeded Felician University and seventh-seeded Assumption College, for the right to meet LIU in the final, needing two wins to clinch a Super Regional berth.

Trailing, 1-0, the Pioneers mounted a two-out rally in the top of the seventh, with freshman Giovanni Ciaccio (Manalapan, N.J.) drawing a walk to end what was a stellar outing for SNHU graduate student Chris Murphy (Billerica, Mass.). The Penmen went to sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.), who allowed a two-run homer to left off the bat of Wasson that jumped LIU Post in front, 2-1.

The Pioneers would then tack on a pair of important two-out insurance runs in the top of the ninth on RBI singles from Wasson and senior Dave Brehm (Bohemia, N.Y.).

They were crucial because Southern New Hampshire made it interesting against the LIU Post bullpen in the bottom of the ninth. Redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) started it with a leadoff base hit to right-center, before freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) stepped in and blasted a pinch-hit home run to dead center to trim the deficit to 4-3. The Pioneers then turned it over to ECC Pitcher of the Year, freshman Joshua Loeschorn (Butler, N.J.), who allowed a single to right-center by junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.), before notching back-to-back outs. Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) extended the game with a base hit to right-center, but Loeschorn would end it with a groundout to second.

Wasson finished 2-for-4 with a walk, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Redshirt-junior Andy Camilo (Bronx, N.Y.) was 3-for-4, while Ciacco went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and two runs scored.

Junior Noah Lorenzo (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) earned the win to improve to 10-4, allowing just one run on eight hits over eight innings, striking out five and walking one. Junior Mike Lazos (Smithtown, N.Y.) gave up two runs on two hits to the two batters he faced in the ninth, while Loeschorn picked up his third save, as he struck out one and allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of work.

Blandini finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, as he hit a solo home run to right to stake the Penmen to a 1-0 lead in the third. Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) and senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) were both 2-for-5.

Murphy allowed one run on four hits over six-and-two-thirds innings, striking out six and walking three. He earned a no-decision. Praml (5-1) suffered his first loss, allowing one run on three hits in an inning-and-a-third, striking out one. Redshirt-junior Brendan Welch (Easton, Mass.) was charged with a run without allowing a hit in two-thirds of an inning. Senior Matthew Messier (No. Troy, Vt.) relinquished a run on two hits and did not record an out. Redshirt-sophomore Alex Gomes (Peabody, Mass.) tossed a third of an inning, striking out one and walking one.

For the latest information on the NCAA Baseball East II Regional, visit the Championship Central page.