Viehoff, Three Relievers Combine on #11 Baseball's Two-Hit Shutout of Post

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RAPID REACTION WITH SENIOR TIM VIEHOFF

When and Where: April 8, 2016 – Manchester, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score:
Southern New Hampshire University 6, Post University 0
Records: SNHU 22-3, Post 6-21

Senior Tim Viehoff (Derry, N.H.) hurled seven innings of one-hit baseball to lead the 11th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team to a 6-0 victory against Post University on Friday afternoon at Penmen Field.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning, junior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) made sure Southern New Hampshire did not come up empty in the frame as he delivered a two-run single to center. During the next at bat, Bauer stole second and the throw from the catcher sailed into center field, allowing graduate student Ryan Gendron (Nashua, N.H.), who walked to load the bases earlier in the inning, to score and make it 3-0.

The Penmen stretched the lead to 5-0 in the fifth when senior Lorenzo Papa (Stoneham, Mass.) stroked a two-run double to right-center that scored junior Carson Helms (Farmington, Conn.), who doubled to left-center, and Bauer, who walked.

Viehoff, meanwhile, cruised through the first five frames as he retired all 15 batters he faced. The perfect game came to an end on the first batter of the sixth inning as Andrew Avots hit a comebacker that Viehoff fielded, but then threw the ball wide of Bauer, allowing Avots to reach. The no-hitter was lost, as well, on the next batter when Rupert House singled to center. Viehoff buckled down, however, as he struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning.

SNHU made it 6-0 in the seventh when Gendron drew a two-out walk and stole both second and third before scoring when the third baseman dropped what should have been an inning-ending popup by Bauer.

Viehoff then turned it over to the bullpen, which tossed two innings of shutout ball.

Viehoff (6-0, 1.97 ERA) allowed just one hit, while punching out 11 and not walking a batter over the seven scoreless innings. Sophomore Rob Del Signore (Londonderry, N.H.) followed with two-thirds of a shutout inning, giving up one hit. Senior Ian Searles (Wareham, Mass.) nailed down the final out of the eighth with a strikeout, while freshman Dylan Sbordone (Newton, Mass.) made the first appearance of his career and pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.

Helms was 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Papa went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and two RBI. Bauer (walk, two RBI, run) and junior Zach Goldstein (Merrick, N.Y.) were both 1-for-3.

Notes:
- The Penmen have won eight of their last nine, including four straight.
- Southern New Hampshire is outscoring its opponents, 55-11, during its current four-game winning streak.
- Viehoff retired 21 of 23 batters he faced, including the first 15-in-a-row and the final six.
- Viehoff recorded at least two strikeouts in every inning except for the fifth and seventh.
- Over his last three starts, Viehoff is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Over the 22-and-one-third innings during the stretch, Viehoff has allowed just eight hits, while striking out 30 and walking only three.
- Junior Manny Cruz (Wolcott, Conn.) has recorded a hit in 16 of his last 17 games, including five straight.
- Helms has the longest current hitting streak on the club with seven consecutive games.
- Graduate student Mike Mastroberti (Ramsey, N.J.) saw his five-game hit streak come to an end.

Up Next:
The Penmen are back in action Saturday, April 9 when they play host to Pace University in doubleheader action that begins at noon. At approximately 11:50 a.m., the SNHU Department of Athletics & Recreation will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new facility at Penmen Field. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcomed to attend.

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