EASTON, Mass. - Visiting Southern New Hampshire University climbed back into the game with three runs in the top of the ninth, but host Stonehill College held on for a 6-4 Northeast-10 baseball victory Friday afternoon. The Skyhawks, who fell to the Penmen 4-3 on Thursday, improved to 21-16 overall and 11-10 in the NE-10, while SNHU is now 13-22-1 and 10-14-1 in the league.
Pinch hitter Koby Thibault (Salisbury, MA) got the rally started with a single to right. After the next two batters were retired, Tim Rines (Merrimack, NH0 doubled to bring in Thibault. The next batter, Bobby Wronski (Arlington, MA), reached on an error, moving Rines to third. Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, MA) would walk, then Jeff Giannino (Beverly, MA) singled to bring in Rines. Justin Mansfield (Arlington, MA), running for Wronski, scored on a bases-loaded walk by Richard Pecoraro (Hampton Bays, NY). Stonehill would then get out of the jam with a strikeout.
Stonehill plated single runs in the first and second. SNHU made it 2-1 in the fourth when a sac fly by Joe Gargan (Hudson, NH) scored O'Neil, but the Skyhawks got that run back in the bottom half of the frame when a double by Mitch Davis scored Rob Von Stein. Stonehill then tacked on three runs to make it 6-1 in the seventh, with Michael White delivering a bases-loaded double to right.
Six different players each had hits for SNHU, which was outhit 8-6. O'Neil's single in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Davis and Mitch Weber each had two hits for Stonehill. Shane Penzone worked five innings of relief to earn the win for Stonehill, while Steve Golbranson (Abington, MA) took the loss for the Penmen, going 5.2 innings and allowing six hits and three runs (two earned).
Southern New Hampshire is idle until Tuesday when it hosts Saint Rose in a 3:30 game at Penmen Field.