Monroe Becomes All-Time Strikeout Leader, SNHU Sweeps Concordia
LANTANA, Fla. – The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team continued its program-best start Sunday, sweeping Concordia (N.Y.) College by scores of 8-1 and 5-2 at the Santaluces Complex. The Penmen improved to 8-0, while the Clippers now stand at 0-6 on the season.
In the opener, senior Brad Monroe (Hampton, N.H.) became SNHU's all-time leader in career strikeouts, fanning nine in a complete-game effort while scattering seven hits and walking two. His 203 career strikeouts surpass the 199 recorded by Mark Perec from 1996-99.
Southern New Hampshire broke the game open with a six-run bottom of the second as it sent 11 men to the plate. Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) delivered a two-run single, while Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) recorded a two-run double. Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) also worked a bases-loaded walk to bring in Minucci.
The Penmen tacked on single runs in the third and seventh innings. In the third, Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.) led off with a single and scored on a single by Alejandro Diaz (Old Bridge, N.J.). O'Brien led off the seventh by reaching on an error and scored on a single by Al Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.).
Minucci, Wollerman and Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.) led Southern New Hampshire with two hits apiece as the Penmen outhit the Clippers 11-7.
In the nightcap, Southern New Hampshire scored in each of the first two innings to take a 2-0 lead. In the top of the first, Kyle McGinnity (Northboro, Mass.) led off the game with a walk, then scored when Boulter grounded out. In the second, Minucci recorded a one-out single, then after stealing second and third, scored on a groundout by Bryan Toland (Wildwood, N.J.).
After Concordia got a run back in the bottom of the second, the Penmen scored three times in the top of the sixth. Wollerman worked a bases loaded walk to score Stanton, while Boulter would score on a sac fly by Minucci. Lalli scored the third run of the frame following a single by Toland.
Both teams collected five hits in the nightcap, with Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) recording a pair. Minucci's single extended his season-opening hit streak to eight games. Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) worked six innings of the seven-inning contest on the hill, allowing four hits while striking out six. Alex Powers (Brewster, Mass.) allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout in the seventh to record the save.
SNHU and Concordia square off Monday afternoon in a 1:00 contest.