Minucci's Walkoff Single Lifts Baseball to Extra-Inning Triumph
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Jon Minucci's (Madison, Conn.) walkoff infield single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team to a 4-3 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan College Saturday at the Ripken Experience. The Penmen improved to 3-0 with the victory, while the Bobcats fall to 0-3 on the season.
At 3-0, SNHU is off to its best start since 2006, when the Penmen opened the season with four straight victories.
With one out in the 10th, Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) and Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.) recorded back-to-back singles before Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) worked a walk to load the bases. Minucci then hit a high chopper over the head of Bobcat pitcher Nick Benges. West Virginia Wesleyan shortstop Matt Edwards charged the ball and tried to throw Boulter out at home, but the throw was late to give the Penmen their second walkoff victory in three games.
Southern New Hampshire staked itself to a 2-0 lead in the second, as Lalli led off with a single, followed by a Wollerman home run. The Penmen tacked on a run in the sixth to make it 3-0 when Minucci reached on a fielders' choice and scored on a double by James McGowan (Mahopac, N.Y.).
West Virginia Wesleyan tied the game on a three-run home run by Corey Flickinger in the seventh inning after John Tenney and Matt Edwards reached on back-to-back singles.
The Penmen had a chance to earn the victory in the bottom of the ninth, as Minucci led off the frame with a double, however, he would be stranded.
Zach LeBarron (Bennington, Vt.) went six-plus innings on the mound for Southern New Hampshire, fanning with eight with one walk while surrendering eight hits and a pair of runs. David Gibson (Hanover, Mass.) (pictured) allowed the three-run home run but settled down, allowing three hits while fanning six in four innings to pick up the victory.
Minucci finished 3-5 at the plate while Lalli and Wollerman each collected a pair of hits.
Southern New Hampshire closes out its stay in Myrtle Beach Sunday when it faces Felician College in a 9:30 am contest.