When and Where: May 12, 2017 – West Haven, Conn. (Frank Vieira Field)
Score: University of New Haven 3, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: UNH 28-10, SNHU 41-9
The fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team collected all five of its hits from the seventh inning on, but could not turn any of them into runs as it dropped a 3-0 decision to the host University of New Haven on Friday in the loser's bracket semifinal of the Northeast-10 Championship at New Haven's Frank Vieira Field.
SNHU, the top seed in the Northeast Division, will now tune into the selection show this coming Sunday to see where it lands in the NCAA East Regional, while New Haven, the Southwest Division's No. 2 seed, will meet Northeast No. 2 Franklin Pierce in Saturday's championship round, needing to beat the Ravens twice for the title.
New Haven jumped on redshirt-junior starter Andrew Lalonde (Bedford, N.H.) in the top of the first inning. After recording the first out, Lalonde walked Tom Walraven before a single up the middle from Robert Petrillo and an RBI knock through the left side from Nick Perrelli made it 1-0. A wild pitch put a pair in scoring position, with Jack Zagaja following with a sacrifice fly to center for the second run.
The Chargers went ahead 3-0 in the sixth as Walraven led off by reaching on an error, swiped second and scored on Petrillo's double to right-center.
Following a walk to junior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) in the bottom of the seventh, sophomore Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) recorded the first Penmen hit of the game before junior Kyle Pangallo (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) followed with the second to load the bases with two outs. New Haven made it out of the jam with a grounder to third.
After leaving one on in the eighth, SNHU brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth following one-out singles from redshirt-sophomore John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) and Zbierski, but a strike out and fly out ended the game and secured a spot in the championship for the Chargers.
Lalonde (5-2) allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits, while striking out five and walking two, in eight innings of work. Freshman Ryan Steffens (Commack, N.Y.) spun a 1-2-3 ninth.
Devon DiMascio tossed seven shutout innings for New Haven, giving up just two hits, with three strikeouts and four walks.
Zbierski finished 2-for-4, while Pangallo went 1-for-3 with a walk. Stanton and senior Derek Bauer (Millis, Mass.) were each 1-for-4. Potter went 0-for-2 and walked twice.
- SNHU, which had its 16-game winning streak snapped earlier in the day with a 6-4 loss to Franklin Pierce University, drops back-to-back games for the first time since falling to Shippensburg University on March 3-4. It is the first time the Penmen have lost twice on the same day since May 2, 2015 when they were swept by Stonehill College to end the regular season.
- It is just the fourth time in three seasons Southern New Hampshire has been shut out.
- Lalonde had won his previous four starts entering the day.
- The Penmen, who squeaked out a 1-0 win against New Haven in Thursday's opener, are now 2-2 this season versus the Chargers after also splitting an April 9 doubleheader.
The Penmen will await their fate for the NCAA East Regional, with the selection show airing Sunday, May 14 (10 p.m.) HERE.
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