MANCHESTER, N.H. - Steve Golbranson (Abington, MA) allowed just four hits in seven innings of work to pitch Southern New Hampshire University to a 4-1 Northeast-10 baseball victory over American International College Friday afternoon. The Penmen, who have won three of their last four games, improved to 11-16-1 overall and 8-8-1 in the NE-10, while the Yellow Jackets are now 6-20 and 4-10 in the league.
SNHU got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the first. Curtis Burke (Bristol, RI) led off the game with a walk, and after a double by Scott Strong (Naperville, IL), Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH) singled through the left side to plate Burke. Strong would score on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Wronski (Arlington, MA).
Jeff Giannino (Beverly, MA) would give the Penmen a 3-0 lead when he led off the third with a home run down the left field line. AIC scored its only run in the sixth when Jon Thorpe reached on a fielders' choice and later scored on a bases loaded walk issued to Dan Bassani. The Penmen tacked on a run in the eighth when Rines singled with one out and later scored when Skyler Byrd (Milford, NH) grounded to short and reached on a fielders' choice when the throw home was late.
Golbranson allowed just four hits in his seven innings of work while recording five strikeouts to earn his fourth win of the season. Ryan Hagan (Bedford, NH) worked a perfect ninth to earn the save for Southern New Hampshire. Dan Nugent took the loss for American International, surrendering six hits in seven innings while fanning two.
Rines and O'Neil each recorded a pair of hits for the Penmen, while Anthony Arrichiello had two of AIC's five hits.
Southern New Hampshire is idle until Monday when it hosts Assumption College in a 3:00 game at Penmen Field.