April 29, 2012

No. 12 Baseball Can't Cash In, Falls to UMass Lowell in NE-10 Finale 3-1

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Visiting UMass Lowell broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the top of the eighth inning to post a 3-1 Northeast-10 baseball victory over No. 12 Southern New Hampshire University Sunday afternoon at Penmen Field.  The River Hawks kept their NE-10 playoff hopes alive and improved to 25-17-1 and 8-9 in the NE-10's Northeast Division, while the Penmen wrap up NE-10 play 36-12 and 12-9 in the division.

UMass Lowell got started in the eighth when Matt Jacobs reached on an error with one away.  The next batter, Geoff DeGroot, walked, and a Cam Kneeland single that landed just inside the right field line plated Jacobs.  James Katsiroubas made it 3-1 when his single through the left side scored DeGroot.  SNHU reliever Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) came in for starter Tim Flight (Portsmouth, R.I.) and got out of the inning by getting Mark Sanborn to fly to center.  Penmen center fielder Brendan O'Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.) turned it into a double play by gunning out Kneeland at the plate. 

The River Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the sixth when a Katsiroubas single brought in DeGroot, who worked a two-out walk.  Southern New Hampshire tied the game in the seventh when a single to center by Riley Palmer (Goffstown, N.H.) plated Jamie Wollerman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.), who had worked a base on balls with two away.

Southern New Hampshire stranded 15 runners on the afternoon, including 10 through the first four innings against River Hawk starter James Hamilton.  The Penmen left the bases loaded in the second, fourth and sixth innings.

Dallas Nunes picked up the win with five innings in relief, allowing just three hits.  Flight suffered his first loss of the season (6-1) despite allowing just five hits and striking out 16 in his 7.1 innings of work.  Flight did not allow a hit until Sanborn led off the fifth with an infield single.  Flight's 16 punchouts give him 106 for the season, a new single-season school record.

SNHU is idle until next Sunday when it travels to Felician College for a noon doubleheader.