WALTHAM, Mass. – Bentley University posted a doubleheader sweep of No. 6 Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 baseball Saturday afternoon, posting a 3-1 win in the opener before walking off with a 3-2 win in the nightcap. The Falcons, who swept the three game series from the Penmen, improve to 22-19 and 7-6 in the NE-10's Northeast Division, while SNHU is 33-9 and 9-6 in the league.
In the nightcap, Southern New Hampshire held a 2-1 lead entering the ninth, but the Falcons took advantage of two of four Penmen errors in the game. Lamarre Rey delivered the game-winning single to left field that plated Greg Baggett.
Southern New Hampshire scored both of its runs in the top of the second. Greg Pezzuto (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) led off with a single and after moving to second on Zach Robins' (Westwood, Mass.) sacrifice, scored on a triple by Jon Minucci (Madison, Conn.). Minucci scored on a successful squeeze bunt by Riley Palmer (Goffstown, N.H.). Bentley made it 2-1 in the sixth when Sean Keady singled and advanced to second on an error, eventually scoring an unearned run on a single by Logan Gillis.
Andy Lalli (Lakeville, Mass.) and Minucci each had two hits as the Penmen were outhit 8-5. Zach LeBarron (Bennington, Vt.) worked the first 7.1 innings on the mound for SNHU and allowed six hits and one unearned run and struck out six without issuing a walk. Alex Powers (Brewster, Mass.), who came in in the eighth and worked out of a first-and-third, one-out situation with a pair of strikeouts, took the loss.
In the opener, Southern New Hampshire was limited to just three hits by Falcon starter Rob Finneran, who struck out 13 with just one walk. The Penmen did take a 1-0 lead in the first as Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) singled to lead off the game and scored on a throwing error. Bentley scored two times in the seventh and again in the eighth to pick up the victory.
Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) took the loss for SNHU, working eight innings and giving up six hits and three runs (two earned) while fanning four.
Southern New Hampshire will look to get back on track Tuesday afternoon when it travels to Saint Anselm College for a 3:30 Northeast-10 contest.