No. 6 Baseball Wins Seventh Straight, Shuts Down Saint Michael's 7-1
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass.) knocked in four runs and Tim Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) (pictured) hurled seven scoreless innings as No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University posted a 7-1 Northeast-10 Conference baseball victory over Saint Michael's College Wednesday afternoon at Penmen Field. The Penmen won their seventh in a row to improve to 22-2 overall and 1-0 in the NE-10's Northeast Division, while the Purple Knights are now 4-10 and 0-1 in the division.
Boulter led SNHU offensively as it outhit Saint Michael's 9-7. Riley Palmer (Goffstown, N.H.) recorded a pair of doubles and drove in a run while Kevin Spatkowski (Bristol, Conn.) drove in two runs with his double in the seventh. Bryan Geary led Saint Michael's with a pair of hits.
Flight extended his shutout streak to 25.1 innings with his seven inning effort in which he allowed five hits and struck out eight while issuing a pair of walks. He upped his record to 5-0 in six starts while lowering his earned run average to 0.44. Tyler Gauthier (Lynn, Mass.) and Lucas Olen (Bedford, N.H.) each worked an inning of relief.
Southern New Hampshire plated a run in the third when Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.) led off with a walk and after stealing second, scored on Palmer's double down the right field line. The Penmen tacked on two runs in the sixth when, with runners on second and third and the infield in, Boulter singled up the middle to plate Spatkowski and Al Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.). Spatkowski had walked while Stanton had doubled to left.
The Penmen scored four times in the seventh off Saint Michael's reliever Nick Myers. Spatkowski's double played pinch runner Jeremy Tejada (Bronx, N.Y.) and Bryan Toland (Wildwood, N.J.). Tejada was running for Palmer who doubled, while Toland led off the frame with a walk. Boulter knocked in the other two runs with a single to center.
Will Corkum took the loss for Saint Michael's, scattering four hits in six innings while fanning six.
Southern New Hampshire is in action this weekend for a three-game series at Merrimack College. The schedule has shifted for the weekend. Originally set for a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game Sunday, the two teams will play a single contest at 3:00 Saturday and a noon twinbill on Sunday.