#15 Baseball Outlasts Felician, 12-8, to Improve to 2-0

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When and Where: February 23, 2018 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Ripken Experience)
Score:
Southern New Hampshire University 12, Felician University 8
Records: SNHU 2-0, Felician 1-6

Sophomore Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) drove in a pair of runs and scored three times, as the 15th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team captured a 12-8 victory against Felician University on Friday in its second game of a five-game trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Felician struck for a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning against graduate student Shane McDonald (Blue Point, N.Y.), who was making his debut for Southern New Hampshire.

The Penmen would give him plenty of run support, erupting for 10 runs in the top of the third inning. A pair of walks would start the inning, before redshirt-junior John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) came through with an RBI single and redshirt-senior Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) drove a sacrifice fly to the outfield to tie the game.

Following two more walks to load the bases, walks to sophomore Ethan Harris (Middleton, Mass.) and senior Kyle Pangallo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), sandwiched around a hit-by-pitch to junior Kyle Ruth (Albany, N.Y.), brought in a trio of runs that made it 5-2. An RBI groundout from graduate student Thomas Buonopane (Peabody, Mass.) and Blandini's two-run single to right broke it open at 8-2 before a run-scoring double by Stanton and a Sullivan RBI knock made it 10-2.

Matt Diesel's RBI groundout in the bottom of the frame slightly closed the gap before Jason Polgano's two-run homer in the fourth pulled the Golden Falcons within 10-5.

Blandini hit a two-out triple and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth, but Felician answered with a pair in the bottom half, as an RBI single from Anthony Santoro, followed by a sac fly from Danny Healey, Jr., trimmed the deficit to 11-7.

Buonopane added another insurance run for SNHU in the top of the seventh, singling home Pangallo, who walked and stole second.

Felician added one in the ninth as Armando Ovalles was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on an RBI single from Bruce Strickland.

McDonald (1-0) lasted six innings, giving up seven runs – five earned – while striking out four and walking one. Redshirt-sophomore Brendan Welch (Easton, Mass.) tossed a pair of scoreless frames, allowing two hits and striking out two. Freshman Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) made his debut and relinquished a run on one hit, as he worked the ninth.

Blandini finished 2-for-5 with a walk, two RBI and three runs scored. Stanton was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Sullivan went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs driven in. Buonopane was 1-for-5 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored. Pangallo went 0-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and run scored, while junior Joshua Zbierski (Strafford Springs, Conn.) was 0-for-2 with three walks and a run scored. Harris (two walks, RBI, run) and Ruth (walk, RBI, run) were also 0-for-2.

Notes:
- Southern New Hampshire begins the season 2-0 for the second time in three years.

Up Next:
The Penmen return to action Saturday, Feb. 24 for two more when they face off against Long Island University-LIU Post at 9:30 a.m. and take on Mercy College at 1 p.m.

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