When and Where: March 10, 2018 – Lantana, Fla. (Santaluces Sports Complex)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8 Wilmington (Del.) University 0
Records: SNHU 9-2, Wilmington 3-8
Graduate student Shane McDonald (Blue Point, N.Y.) hurled eight shutout innings, and sophomore Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) and senior Kyle Pangallo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) each drove in two runs to lead the 18th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team to an 8-0 blanking of Wilmington (Del.) University on Saturday at the Santaluces Sports Complex.
Southern New Hampshire went ahead, 1-0, in the bottom of the first when Blandini tripled to right and then scored on a grounder to the right side by redshirt-junior John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.).
The score stayed that way until the fifth inning when the Penmen hung a four-spot. Blandini delivered a two-run triple to right for the first runs of the inning before eventually scoring on a passed ball. A run-scoring double down the third base line by senior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) capped the scoring in the frame and made it 5-0.
The SNHU offense came alive again in the eighth, with a two-run double down the third base line from Pangallo making it 7-0 and a bases loaded walk to redshirt-senior Ryan Sullivan (Hopkinton, Mass.) closing the scoring.
McDonald (2-1) scattered five hits, struck out seven and did not issue a walk over his eight scoreless innings. Freshman Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) allowed a pair of hits, but struck out two, in a scoreless ninth.
Blandini finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored, while Pangallo was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run. Sullivan went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and run. Redshirt-sophomore Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) was 1-for-2 and scored twice.
- SNHU starters have not allowed an earned run over the last 15 innings, while the pitching staff, as a whole, has not given up an earned run in 23-and-two-thirds frames.
The Penmen return to action Sunday, March 11 (4 p.m.) when they take on the 22nd-ranked University of New Haven at Santaluces.
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