WALTHAM, Mass. - Host Bentley University withstood a late Southern New Hampshire University rally to post a 9-8 Northeast-10 baseball victory Sunday afternoon. The Falcons, who swept the season series with the Penmen, improve to 17-11 and 8-3 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 8-15 and 5-7 in the league.
Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH) led SNHU with three hits and scored three runs, while Bobby Wronski (Arlington, MA) belted a pair of home runs and drove in three runs. Curtis Burke (Bristol, RI) also collected a pair of base hits.
SNHU trailed 9-4 after seven innings but scored four times in the top of the eighth to pull within 9-8. The Penmen registered five singles in the inning, including a leadoff hit by Rines, and also got a sacrifice fly from Joe Gargan (Hudson, NH). The Penmen would get the tying run on in the top of the ninth when Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) reached on an error to lead off the frame, but he would get stranded at second.
Bentley jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Penmen tied the game in the top of the second when Wronski led off the inning with a home run to left. The Falcons took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the inning, but the Penmen would tie the game in the fourth when Wronski delivered a two-run home run. In the bottom of the fourth, the Falcons scored four times, taking advantage of four hits and two walks, then took a 9-4 lead with two runs in the sixth. SNHU had added a run in the top of the sixth when Rines led off the inning with a single and later scored on a throwing error.
Jarrod Marchesi surrendered nine hits over seven innings to earn the win for Bentley as the Falcons outhit the Penmen 15-13. Steve Golbranson (Abington, MA) took the loss for SNHU, allowing nine hits in 3.2 innings of work as the starter.
SNHU returns to action Tuesday when it entertains Pace in a 3:30 game.