SNHU drops opener
- Updated: June 7, 2021
When and Where: June 6, 2021 – Cary, N.C. (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Score: Seton Hill University 4, Southern New Hampshire University 3
Records: SNHU 28-8, SHU 39-6
Redshirt-junior Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown) and redshirt freshman Michael LaRocca each drove in runs, but the seventh-seeded Southern New Hampshire University baseball team dropped a 4-3 decision to second-seeded Seton Hill University on Sunday night in its opening game of the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
LINKS: BOX SCORE | PRESS CONFERENCE | SNHU WORLD SERIES CENTRAL
- Mulcay – 1-3, walk, RBI, run
- LaRocca – 2-4, double, RBI
- Redshirt junior Jeffrey Praml – 3.2 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 4 strikeouts, 1 walk
- Southern New Hampshire struck first in the top of the first when Rivera worked a leadoff walk, stole second, went to third on a fly out and came home on Mulcay’s RBI single to center.
- Seton Hill evened it in the second when Vincenzo Rauso doubled to the gap in right center and scored on Jack Oberdorf’s triple to center that the outfielder couldn’t come up with, leaping at the wall.
- The Griffins went in front with a pair in the fourth. After grad student Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth) had what looked to be an inning-ending strikeout that the umpire didn’t ring up, a single extended the inning before a double by Canice Ejoh off the wall in left and just out of the reach of the outfielder plated a pair that made it 3-1.
- The Penmen tied it with a two-run sixth as a two-out, RBI single from LaRocca that scored Mercedes, who led off the inning with a hit-by-pitch and stole second, and a wild pitch that brought in Mulcay, who walked, leveled the score, 3-3.
- Seton Hilll snapped the tie in the bottom of the eighth by taking advantage of a two-out error, as Isaiah DiAndreth came through with an RBI single off Praml that made it 4-3.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Tobin allowed three runs on six hits, while punching out eight and not walking a batter, over four innings.
- Sophomore Bryce Reagan (Amherst) was 1-for-3.
- Redshirt-freshman Danniel Rivera went 0-for-2, but walked, stole a base and scored a run.
- Grad student Nick Artymowicz struck out the only batter he faced.
- Southern New Hampshire drops to 31-20 (.608) in its ninth NCAA postseason appearance, including 3-5 in its third trip to Cary.
- SNHU, which faced Seton Hill for the first time in program history, had won eight of its last nine entering the day.
- Mulcay’s RBI was the team-best 19th of his NCAA postseason career, as well as the 128th of his career, which moves him within three of matching the school record.
- Tobin’s eight strikeouts give him 231 for his career and move him past Tim Flight (2011-12) and into a fifth-place tie with Derrick Sylvester (2010-11, 13-14) on the program’s all-time list.
- Southern New Hampshire, seeded seventh in the NCAA Division II Championship in Cary, N.C., will take on sixth-seeded Wingate University in an elimination game Tuesday, June 8 (2 p.m.).
NCAA Division II Championship