When and Where: May 16, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Assumption College 3
Records: SNHU 37-12, Assumption 28-17
Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) hammered a first-pitch fastball to the opposite field, delivering a two-out, walk-off RBI single to left in the bottom of the ninth, as the 17th-ranked and second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University baseball team topped seventh-seeded Assumption College, 4-3, Thursday in an NCAA East II Regional first round matchup at Penmen Field.
- Henrie finished 1-for-5 with the RBI.
- Freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) went 3-for-4 and scored a run.
- Junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) also turned in a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
- Redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.) was 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and run scored, crushing a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth.
- Graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) worked the first six innings, allowing one run – unearned – on six hits, while striking out five and walking a pair.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) earned the win to improve to 5-0, relinquishing a run on one hit, while striking out one in an inning-and-a-third.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Southern New Hampshire drew first blood in the bottom of the second, as a single to left-center from Kennedy and a walk to Alexy set up a two-out RBI single through the left side from redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) that made it 1-0.
- The Penmen doubled their lead in the fourth when sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) drew a leadoff walk and Kennedy followed with a single up the middle, before Coro stung a one-out base hit to right that stretched the advantage to 2-0.
- Assumption sliced its deficit in half with an unearned run in the sixth, as two Penmen errors gave the Greyhounds extra life, and Alex Richardson came through with a two-out, run-scoring double down the left-field line. Junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) saved at least another run with a terrific inning-ending play to field a soft-hit ball on an in-between hop and fire to first for the out.
- SNHU put a pair on with no outs in the home half of the sixth, but could not move either runner. Goldstein then looked like he was going to pick up an RBI single up the middle, but Assumption shortstop Hunter Tralli went full-extension to snag the line drive and end the inning.
- Assumption pulled even in the eighth against the SNHU bullpen, as a Dillon Koster infield single and a sacrifice bunt moved him into scoring position, before Richardson came through again with a two-out single to left-center that tied it, 2-2. Praml then entered and made it out of the first-and-third jam with a fly out to center.
- The Penmen grabbed the run back against the Greyhound bullpen in the bottom of the frame, as Alexy sent a two-out mammoth shot over the Assumption 'pen in right to put Southern New Hampshire on top, 3-2.
- Assumption tied it in the top of the ninth when R.J. Libby led off with a single to center, went to second on a sac bunt from Derek Adamson, advanced to third on a Trevor McQuade groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
- After two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth, redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) doubled toward the right-field line and went to third on an errant throw from the right fielder. Henrie then jumped on the first pitch he saw, driving it into left to send the Penmen to victory.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Goldstein (RBI) and Blandini (walk) were both 1-for-4.
- Chavez was 1-for-5 with a run scored.
- Junior Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth, N.H.) allowed one run on three hits in an inning-and-two-thirds of relief, striking out a pair and walking one.
- Southern New Hampshire has won nine of its last 11.
- SNHU improves to 24-15 (.632) all-time in its eighth NCAA Championship appearance, including 1-0 against Assumption.
- The Penmen better their record to 17-4 at home this season and are now 92-21 (.814) at Penmen Field since the start of the 2014 season.
- The run against Praml was the first he allowed in 22-and-a-third innings over 17 appearances, dating back to March 3.
- Kennedy's three-hit game was the second of his career.
- Mulcay is 16-for-37 (.432) with a home run, 11 RBI and six runs scored in his last 11 games.
- The Penmen will now take on the winner of third-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post and sixth-seeded Felician University on Friday (May 17) at noon.
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