SNHU 16/16, SCSU 1/9
- Updated: May 21, 2022
When and Where: May 20, 2022 – New Castle, Del. (Wilson Field – Wilmington Univ.)
Game 1: #7 Southern New Hampshire University 16, Southern Connecticut State University 1
Game 2: #7 Southern New Hampshire University 16, Southern Connecticut State University 9
Records: SNHU 44-9, Wilmington 31-15-1
New Castle, Del. – The 7th-ranked Southern New Hampshire baseball team has advanced to the NCAA East Super-Regional by sweeping two games from Northeast-10 rival Southern Connecticut State University by scores of 16-1 and 16-9 on Friday. The Penmen hit eight home runs in the sweep, including two each by redshirt sophomore Danniel Rivera (New Britain, Conn.) and senior Ricky Jimenez (Miami, Fla.).
GAME 1: (SNHU 16-1)
- Southern Connecticut scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the second inning. Connor Goggin (3-for-3) drew a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball, and scored on a groundout.
- The Penmen took the lead for good with a four-run third inning, which included a three-run homer by senior Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.).
- A second double of the game by Jimenez in the fourth led to another run as he scored on a sacrifice fly by redshirt sophomore Cristian Mercedes (Providence, R.I.).
- Jimenez would pick up a third hit of the game with a grand slam in a seven-run sixth as the Penmen made it 12-1.
- Redshirt junior Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) drove in three runs on the day, including one with a single in the eighth, and another with a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
- Rivera went 2-for-4 with a ninth-inning homer, two walks, and three runs scored.
- Senior Angus McCloskey (Farmingdale, N.Y.) improved to 8-1 with the win, allowing three hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out four.
- Freshman Frankie Sanchez (Kendall Park, N.J.) worked two scoreless innings in relief for the Penmen.
GAME 2: (SNHU 15-9)
- The Owls took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Andrew Eng drew a walk and Mike DeMartino homered.
- SNHU scored five times in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) hit a two-run double, redshirt sophomore Nick Schwartz (Massapequa, N.Y.) ripped a two-run homer, and Kennedy added a solo shot.
- Rivera added his second homer of the day in the second inning to make it 7-2, and the Penmen batted around in the third, scoring five more runs, which included a two-run double by Rivera.
- Dave Christoforo homered in the fourth inning for Southern Connecticut to trim the lead to 12-4.
- Redshirt freshman John Chacho (Seymour, Conn.) led off the fourth inning with a single and Jimenez homered to make it 14-4.
- The Owls drew to within 14-7 with a three-run homer by Coggin in the top of the fifth.
- Henrie and Kennedy put together doubles for the Penmen in the bottom of the fifth to make it 15-7.
- Tony Zambito hit the fourth Southern Connecticut homer of the game in the eighth inning to close to within 15-9.
- Graduate student Idelson Taveras (Providence, R.I.) launched the fifth home run for SNHU in the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.
- Redshirt sophomore Brandon White (Simsbury, Conn.) went 4.1 innings before yielding to redshirt junior George Welch (Derry, N.H.). Welch earned the run, and redshirt sophomore Griffin Gilbert (Concord, N.H.) finished up.
- The Penmen had ten doubles and eight homers in the two games, scoring 32 runs on 29 hits.
- SNHU has now hit 74 home runs on the season, the most in a single-season in program history.
- The Penmen are up to 7th nationally in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Poll.
- Southern New Hampshire extended its win streak over Southern Connecticut to 10 games, but the Owls lead the all-time series 48-25. This was the first time the NE10 rivals have met in the NCAA tournament.
- SNHU awaits the winner of the NCAA East Region 2 pod, which is taking place at Molloy College. The winner of that pod will take on SNHU in the best-of-three NCAA Super Regional next Friday and Saturday.
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