No. 4 Baseball Hosts Pace, Adelphi This Weekend

No. 4 Southern New Hampshire (25-3)
vs.
Pace (15-10) / Adelphi (11-11)
Friday, April 6 - 3:00
Saturday, April 7 - 12:00

THE MATCHUP: Southern New Hampshire hosts Pace Friday and Adelphi Saturday in a pair of Northeast-10 doubleheaders.

THE COACHES: Scott Loiseau is in his fourth season as head coach at SNHU...Loiseau, a 2002 graduate of Franklin Pierce, he spent four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater before being named head coach in June, 2008...he owns a career 82-76-2 record, including a 50-25 mark since the start of the 2011 season...Henry Manning is in his 12th season as head coach at Pace...a former catcher for the Setters, he has compiled a career 250-313-3 record… Dom Scala is in his ninth season as head coach at Adelphi...a former bullpen coach for the New York Yankees who also played in the Oakland organization, he guided the Panthers to a school-record 36 wins last season and owns a career 235-146-2 record.
THE SERIES:Pace holds an 11-5 lead in the all-time series with Southern New Hampshire...last season the two teams split a doubleheader in Pleasantville, N.Y., with the Setters tanking a 4-3 win in the first game before the Penmen pounded out 18 hits for an 11-3 win in the nightcap.
Adelphi has captured all six meetings on the diamond with Southern New Hampshire...last season the Panthers swept a doubleheader in Manchester by scores of 4-2 and 5-2.
THE PENMEN: Southern New Hampshire is nationally ranked for the first time in program history and is ranked No. 4 in the NCBWA and D2baseballnews.com national polls...the Penmen have also sat atop the NCBWA East Region poll in each of the last four weeks...senior co-captain Kevin Spatkowski leads the Penmen with his .405 average while knocking in 14 runs...Jon Minucci is batting .361 with 27 runs batted in, while Matt Boulter has notched a team-best 29 RBI and is hitting .327...Al Stanton is hitting .304 with two home runs and 22 runs batted in...the pitching staff owns a 2.00 ERA and ranked second nationally in ERA in the most recent Division II ranking...Tim Flight is 5-0 with a 0.91 earned run average and 60 strikeouts in 49.1 innings of work, while Brad Monroe has fanned 49 batters and owns a 2.15 ERA...Junior Mendez is 4-1 with a 0.60 ERA, while Zach LeBarron owns a 2.67 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 33.2 innings...reliever Alex Powers is 2-0 with three saves and has fanned 18 batters in 10.2 innings of work while posting a 0.84 ERA.
 

THE SETTERS: Pace is coming off a 15-10 non-league win over Nyack Wednesday afternoon...the Setters plated eight runs in the bottom of the first...Chris Roemer leads Pace with his .384 average while he has driven in a team-high 18 runs...Kyle Turnier is batting .356 with 11 RBI, while James Pjura is hitting at a .333 clip with 13 runs driven in...Joe Solomeno is second on the team with 15 RBI...Neil Pezzullo is 3-0 with a 0.94 ERA in nine appearances on the mound, while Brian Sundberg is 3-2 with a 1.93 ERA...Michael Tamburino has fanned a team-high 39 batters in 47.1 innings of work and owns a 2.28 ERA.

THE PANTHERS: Adelphi was blanked 8-0 by Pace Tuesday afternoon...the Panthers are playing a twinbill at Franklin Pierce on Friday...Richard Meija leads the Panthers with his .313 average while driving in 13 runs...Vincent Sharkey is hitting .306, while Anthony Zarrella has registered three home runs and 17 runs batted in while batting .299...Dillon McNamara leads the Adelphi rotation with a 1.74 ERA and 1-1 record in six starts, while Michael Carletti has a 3.67 ERA in seven appearances (five starts)...Chris Pabisch has a 1.71 ERA in 14 relief appearances.
  
WHAT'S NEXT: Following the weekend, the Penmen are idle until Wednesday when they host Franklin Pierce in a 6:00 contest…SNHU then entertains Saint Michael's the following night before Stonehill comes to town for a three-game set next weekend.
THE NE-10 IN 2012: With all 16 Northeast-10 institutions playing baseball this season, the conference has gone to a divisional format for 2012...teams will play 21 divisional games and eight "crossover" contests against four schools in the other division...the top four teams from each division will qualify for the NE-10 Tournament, with qualifiers and seeding based on records in divisional play only.