When and Where: May 8, 2018 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 3, Bentley University 2
Records: SNHU 34-13, Bentley 20-21
Senior Caleb Potter (Mentor, Ohio) tied the game with a two-run homer that was part of a three-run ninth inning for the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team, which rallied for a 3-2 victory over Bentley University on Tuesday in a Northeast-10 Championship first round matchup at Penmen Field.
The Penmen, seeded first in the Northeast Division, will now host NE10 Championship Weekend on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, opening against the University of New Haven, the Southwest's No. 2 seed, on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Falcons, the Northeast's No. 4 seed, sees its season come to a close.
Trailing, 2-0, with one out in the ninth inning and just three hits under its belt, Southern New Hampshire received a glimmer of hope when freshman Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) laced a payoff pitch to left-center for a base hit. Potter then followed by lining the second pitch he saw over the fence in left to pull the Penmen even at 2-2.
SNHU was not done, however, as freshman Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) drilled a single to left center before hustling into third on a single down the left field line from graduate student Taylor Olmstead (Greenwich, Conn.), who moved up to second on the throw. Senior Kyle Pangallo (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) was then intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a force at home.
Bentley would get what it wanted with a grounder to shortstop off the bat of redshirt-sophomore Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.), but the throw home pulled the catcher toward the third base line and Taveras slid in head first as the ball skipped away.
Potter finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. Taveras was 1-for-1 with the game-winning run, while sophomore Ethan Harris (Middleton, Mass.) went 1-for-3. Mulcay (run) and Olmstead were each 1-for-4.
With senior Mitchell Powers (Portland, Maine) and Luke Dawson locked in a pitcher's duel, Bentley moved out to a 1-0 lead in the sixth when Nathan Littman singled to left, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Brandon Grover drove a two-out double off the wall in right.
Southern New Hampshire would leave a runner on in each of the next three innings, as Bentley maintained its one-run lead into the ninth. With redshirt-junior Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.) back out for his second inning of work, the Falcons doubled their lead when Grover smacked a one-out solo shot to center that made it 2-0.
With Dawson dealing, the Penmen situation looked dire until four straight hits put them in position to win it.
Powers allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, while striking out six and walking three. Walkinshaw (5-0) gave up one run on one hit in two innings, punching out three and not walking a batter.
- Southern New Hampshire improves to 11-4 (.733) all-time in NE10 Championship play.
- The Penmen have now won 23 of 28, including 15 of 16 and seven straight.
- SNHU is outscoring opponents 147-38 over its last 16 contests.
- Southern New Hampshire is now 15-2 at home this season and improves to 74-15 (.831) at Penmen Field since the start of the 2014 season.
- Potter's home run was his team-leading 10th of the season and the 16th of his career
- Potter extended his hitting streak to nine games.
- The five wins for Walkinshaw match his career high from 2016 when he was also 5-0. In 57 career appearances, Walkinshaw is 15-2 with 15 saves and a 1.81 ERA, striking out 122 in 119-and-a-third innings.
The Penmen return to action Thursday, May 10 (3 p.m.) when they play host to the University of New Haven in NE10 Championship Weekend action at Penmen Field.
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