River Hawks Jump on Baseball Early, Post 7-3 Win


MANCHESTER, N.H. - Visiting UMass Lowell scored five times in the game's first two innings en route to a 7-3 Northeast-10 baseball win over Southern New Hampshire University at Penmen Field Thursday afternoon.  The River Hawks improve to 18-11 overall and 10-7 in the NE-10, while the Penmen are now 11-19-1 overall and 8-11-1 in the league.

Tim Keene led UMass Lowell with three hits and a pair of runs batted in while Pat Devlin and Luke Wallace also recorded two hits apiece.  Bobby Wronski (Arlington, MA) had a pair of hits for the Penen, while Eric Pelletier (Beverly, MA) singled in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to nine games.  Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH), Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, MA) and Skyler Byrd (Milford, NH) all hit safely for Southern New Hampshire to extend their hit streaks to eight games apiece.

UMass Lowell would bang out four hits, including a two-run double by Taylor von Kriegenbergh, to plate three runs in the top of the first.  The Penmen would get a run back in the bottom of the frame when a double by Rines plated Scott Strong (Naperville, IL), but the River Hawks would tack on two runs in the top of the second and another in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.

Southern New Hampshire would plate single runs in the fourth and fifth to make it a 6-3 game.  In the fourth, Byrd led off the inning with a single, and after Wronski doubled, scored on a groundout by Richard Pecoraro (Hampton Bays, NY).  Strong would lead off the fifth with a double to right center and score when the next batter, Pelletier, singled.  The River Hawks scored their final run in the eighth when Devlin led off with a double and came home on a sacrifice fly by Tim Keene.

Ted Haley worked seven innings for UMass Lowell and allowed six hits while striking out nine to earn the victory.  Steve Golbranson (Abington, MA) went seven innings for the Penmen, allowing 12 hits and six runs (five earned) while fanning six to take the loss.

Southern New Hampshire returns to action Saturday when it travels to the University of New Haven for a noon doubleheader.