MANCHESTER, N.H. - The University of New Haven took the rubber game of a three-game Northeast-10 baseball series with Southern New Hampshire University by posting a 7-5 win at Penmen Field Sunday afternoon. The Chargers improve to 16-14 overall and 12-10 in the NE-10 with the win, while the Penmen are now 12-21-1 and 9-13-1 in the league.
New Haven would extend its lead to 7-2 in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run single by Ryan Brockett. The Penmen would then score three times in the bottom of the inning to pull within two runs. SNHU's first three baserunners all reached, then Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) delivered a single that plated Koby Thibault (Salisbury, MA). The next two batters would be retired, but Bobby Wronski (Arlington, MA) would drop a two-run single inside the left field line that plated Joe Santos (Holliston, MA) and Joe Gargan (Hudson, NH). Strong would be thrown out trying to advance to third, but not before Gargan crossed home.
New Haven jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, but Southern New Hampshire would get one back in the bottom of the inning. Wronski led off the inning with a double and would score on a groundout by Skyler Byrd (Milford, NH). The Chargers would get one back in the third, but Strong would manufacture a run for the Penmen in the bottom of the third. After reaching on a one-out single, Strong stole second. He then stole third, and came home when the throw by UNH catcher Jimmy Rivas sailed into left field.
Strong and Wronski paced SNHU with two hits apiece, while Chris O'Neil's (Chelmsford, MA) second inning single extended his hit streak to 11 games. Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, NH) took the loss for the Penmen, allowing 12 hits in 7.2 innings of work while striking out seven.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Stonehill College for a 3:30 contest.