Angelo State 7, SNHU 4
- Updated: June 6, 2022
When and Where: June 5, 2022 – Cary, N.C. (Coleman Field, USA Baseball Complex) – NCAA Div. II Championships
Score: #5 Angelo State 7 , #4 Southern New Hampshire 4
Records: SNHU 46-11, Angelo State 51-12
Cary, N.C. – Senior Ricky Jimenez (Miami, Fla.) and redshirt junior Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) homered, but fifth-seed Angelo State rallied for a 7-4 victory over fourth-seed Southern New Hampshire in the opener of the Division II College World Series Sunday in Cary, N.C.
- Jimenez – 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI
- Kennedy – 1-for-3, HR, walk
- Graduate student Josh Roberge (Chelmsford, Mass.) – 6 IP – 4 ER – 6 K
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Rams took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Koby Kelton singled and scored on a double into the right field corner by Justin Lee.
- Redshirt sophomore Danniel Rivera (New Britain, Conn.) led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, but was stranded at third.
- SNHU started the bottom of the second inning with four hits. Senior Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) and redshirt sophomore Michael LaRocca (Vero Beach, Fla.) hit singles, and Jimenez and Kennedy hit back-to-back homers for a 4-1 lead.
- With two outs, and nobody on in the top of the third inning, Angelo State rallied to tie the game at 4-4, putting together a single, a walk, a hit batter, and a two-run single by Jordan Williams, scoring another run on an error on a steal attempt.
- The Rams added two more two-out runs to take a 6-4 lead in the top of the sixth inning. Tayten Treadway and Thomas Cain singled, an error on a steal allowed Treadway to score and a squeeze bunt by Justin Harris plated Cain.
- SNHU put two runners on in the bottom of the seventh inning, but failed to score. Kennedy walked and graduate student Idelson Taveras (Providence, R.I.) reached on a hit-by-pitch. Carson Childrers came out of the Ram bullpen to retire Rivera and senior Cristian Mercedes (Providence, R.I.) without allowing a run.
- Redshirt sophomore Nick Schwartz (Massapequea, N.Y.) picked up SNHU’s first hit since the Kennedy homer with one out in the eighth, and stole second, but could not advance further.
- Jimenez led off the ninth with a single, the only SNHU player to have a multi-hit game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Left fielder Justin Lee, a first-team All-American, has 81 RBIs on the season to lead the Rams.
- Jimenez has hit four of his seven home runs in the 2022 postseason. It was measured at 362 feet. Kennedy’s homer, out to right field, was measured at 363 feet.
- SNHU has hit 81 home runs on the season, the most in a single-season in program history.
- Kyle Moseley (W) did not allow a hit in 5.1 innings of scoreless relief. Childers earned the save.
- Roberge (L) allowed six runs (four earned) in his six innings. Sophomore Trevor Anibal (Bedford, N.H.) followed with two scoreless innings, and sophomore Griffin Gilbert (Concord, N.H.) allowed one run in his only frame on the mound.
- Angelo State’s Lee was hit by pitch in the third inning. The Rams lead the nation with 144. Southern Arkansas (119) and Point Loma (113), also competing in the World Series, rank second and third in Division II.
- The Rams rank fourth in the nation in stolen bases. They stole six successfully in the game, and the Penmen made three errors on attempted steals.
- All seven Angelo State runs came with two outs.
- This was the first meeting between SNHU and Angelo State. The Rams had one previous meeting against a school from the Northeast-10, defeating Franklin Pierce in the 2007 Championship 12-3 in ten innings in the World Series in Montgomery, Ala.
- SNHU and Angelo State are the only teams in the field who also competed in the 2021 National Championship in Cary.
- This is SNHU’s fourth trip in program history to the Div. II College World Series (National Championship). SNHU also went under head coach Scott Loiseau in 2012, 2018, and last season.
SNHU will play Tuesday in an elimination game at 1:30 p.m.
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