When and Where: February 21, 2019 – Myrtle Beach, S.C. (Cal Ripken Experience)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Long Island University-LIU Post 0
Records: SNHU 2-2, LIU Post 0-4
Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) threw eight-and-a-third strong innings and sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) hit a two-run homer, as the ninth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team opened its South Carolina trip with a 2-0 victory against Long Island University-LIU Post on Thursday evening at the Cal Ripken Experience.
- Walkinshaw fired eight-and-a-third scoreless innings, scattering five hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
- Henrie finished 1-for-4 with the home run, two RBI and a run scored.
- Junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) went 2-for-4 and scored a run.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) retired both batters he faced in the ninth, including one via the punchout, to record his second career save.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire put together the game's first big threat in the bottom of the fourth, as sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) doubled down the right field line and went to third on a Henrie fly out, while sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) drew a two-out walk and stole second to put a pair in scoring position, but a big strikeout for LIU Post starter James Varela kept it scoreless.
- SNHU finally reached Varela in the sixth, with Blandini singling up the middle and moving to second on a Taveras sacrifice bunt, before Henrie came through with what stood up as the game-winning swing, driving a two-run homer out to left to stake the Penmen to a 2-0 lead.
- The Pioneers never really threatened, but eventually worked their way into the SNHU bullpen in the ninth. After Walkinshaw retired the leadoff batter, a walk prompted Praml to come in from the 'pen and he quickly collected a strikeout and a game-ending pop up to second to preserve the victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Taveras was 1-for-3.
- Junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) notched the other Penmen hit, going 1-for-4.
- Varela allowed two runs on five hits, while fanning 10 and walking one in seven innings of work.
- Southern New Hampshire has now hit six home runs in its first four games of the season.
- Henrie's long-ball is his first of the year and second of his career.
- Walkinshaw turns in his fifth quality start in his 10th career start.
- With his 17th victory, Walkinshaw moves into a fourth-place tie with Brad Monroe (2009-12), Junior Mendez (2011-13) and Tim Viehoff (2014-16) on the program's career wins list.
- Walkinshaw improves to 17-3 with 16 saves and a 1.97 ERA, with 142 strikeout in 146 career innings pitched.
- The Penmen return to action Friday, Feb. 22 (12 p.m.) when it takes on Mercy College in its second game of the five-game Myrtle Beach swing.
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