New Hampshire Hardball

SNHU 10, Augustana 6

When and Where: June 6, 2023 – Cary, N.C. (USA Baseball National Training Complex)
Score: #7/10 (#6 seed) Southern New Hampshire University 10, #6/RV (#7 seed) Augustana University 6
Records: SNHU 43-12, Augustana 47-21

Juniors Mike La Rocca (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Nick Schwartz (Massapequa, N.Y.) hit homers to help lead the sixth-seeded Southern New Hampshire University baseball team to a 10-6 victory over seventh-seeded Augustana (S.D.) University on Tuesday to keep its hopes alive at the NCAA Division II Championship in Cary, N.C.

  • La Rocca – 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
  • Schwartz – 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, R, BB
  • Freshman Dyrenson Wouters (Oranjestad, Aruba) – 3-5, RBI, R, 2B, SB
  • Sophomore Anderson Moreno (Bronx, N.Y.) – 1-3, 2 R, 3 BB
  • Junior Cam Caraher (Plymouth, Mass.) – 1-2, RBI, R, 2 BB
  • Junior Trevor Anibal (Bedford, N.H.) – 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB
  • Junior George Welch (Derry, N.H.) – 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 0 BB
  • Sophomore Frankie Sanchez (Kendall Park, N.J.) – 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 K, 1 BB (save; 2)
  • In the top of the first inning, Moreno singled and La Rocca followed with a two-run homer to right-center to put the Penmen up 2-0.
  • The Vikings cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning on a two-out RBI single by Drey Dirksen.
  • Augustana tied the game in the bottom of the third inning on Dirksen’s second RBI, a sacrifice fly, to make it 2-2.
  • The teams exchanged home runs in the fifth inning, with Schwartz hitting a three-run shot to give SNHU a 5-2 lead. The Vikings picked up a pair when Dirksen hit a two-run shot to trim the lead to 5-4.
  • SNHU extended the lead to 6-4 in the top of the sixth. Wouters singled, stole second, and scored on a single by sophomore Harry Vargas Segura (Bronx, N.Y.).
  • La Rocca walked to lead off the seventh for the Penmen. A single by Caraher moved La Rocca to third. A sacrifice fly by freshman Jake Risedorf (Barkhamsted, Conn.) made it 7-4 and Wouters followed with an RBI double to left field.
  • The Vikings drew back to 8-5 in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Tate Meiners.
  • The first four Penmen walked in the top of the eighth, with Schwartz picking up his fourth RBI of the game to make it 9-5. Caraher hit a sacrifice fly to make it 10-5.
  • Augustana would score a run and leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, with Sanchez getting the final fly out to keep it 10-6.
  • Sanchez worked around a single in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.
  • LaRocca’s home run, his 11th of the season, was estimated at 415 feet with an exit velocity of 107.
  • Augustana scored in the third when Nick Banowetz reached on a wild pitch on a strikeout, and when the throw to first by Schwartz went into right field, he was charged with his first error of the season.
  • Schwartz homered to center field, measured at 410 feet with an exit velocity of 106. It was his 13th of the season, moving him within one of matching the program’s single-season record.
  • Schwartz now has 71 RBI, a new single-season mark for an SNHU player.
  • Graduate student Josh Roberge (Chelmsford, Mass.) started for the Penmen, working into the fifth.  He allowed four runs (three earned), on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.
  • Moreno went 1-for-2 with two walks. The hit was his first in Cary.
  • Vargas Segura also delivered his first hit at the Championship site.
  • The Penmen had nine hits and drew 10 walks.
  • Southern New Hampshire, ranked seventh in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II Top 25 and 10th in the Collegiate Baseball Division II Poll, wins for the 32nd time in its last 36 games.
  • SNHU, in its 11th appearance, improves to 42-25 (.627) all-time in the NCAA postseason, including 4-9 (.308) in its fifth trip to Cary, where the Penmen snapped a six-game losing skid.
  • SNHU improves to 1-2 all-time against Augustana, which beat the Penmen twice in Cary in 2018, en route to capturing the National Championship.
  • Schwartz is 7-for-15 (.467) in his last four.

The Penmen will play in another elimination game Wednesday (2:30 p.m.) against the loser of Tuesday evening’s game between second-seeded North Greenville University and third-seeded Angelo State University at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.


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