MANCHESTER, N.H. - Bob Wronski's (Arlington, MA) walkoff single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Southern New Hampshire University to a 3-2, 11-inning Northeast-10 baseball victory over Franklin Pierce University Thursday afternoon at Penmen Field. The Penmen, who completed a season sweep of the Ravens, have won five of their last six and are 7-9 overall and 4-1 in the NE-10. FPU is now 7-11 and 0-2 in the league.
The first two SNHU batters in the 11th, Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) and Jeff Giannino (Beverly, MA) would walk. Franklin Pierce would lift pitcher Steve Cadoret in favor of Rob Nicholas, and Nicholas would get the next batter, Koby Thibault (Salisbury, MA), to strike out. Wronski then would single to center to bring in the winning run in Strong.
SNHU would get on the board first in the bottom of the third. Eric Pelletier (Beverly, MA) would hit a one-out double to left-center, then score when the next batter, Chris O'Neil (Chelmsford, MA), singled. The Penmen would take a 2-0 lead in the sixth when Strong led off the inning with a single and scored on a double to left-center by Thibault.
Franklin Pierce would tie the game by scoring single runs in the seventh and eighth. Mike Dowd would get the Ravens on the board in the seventh when he led off with a home run to left. In the eighth, Cliff Hicks led off the inning with a walk, and later scored on a bases-loaded, one-out single by Colin Halloran. SNHU hurler Brad Monroe (Hampton Falls, NH) would work out of the jam by getting Jose Macias swinging then getting Ted Lerud to fly out to right.
Monroe earned the win for the Penmen, working 3.2 innings of scoreless relief while allowing just two hits and striking out three. Penmen starter Ryan Quinn (Lebanon, CT) went 6.2 innings and allowed one run while striking out seven, including his 100th career strikeout. Cadoret took the loss in 1.2 innings of relief for the Ravens.
Pelletier was 3-4 at the plate to lead Southern New Hampshire, while Macias had a pair of hits for the Ravens. The Penmen held an 8-6 hit advantage on the afternoon.
SNHU returns to action Saturday when it is scheduled to play a noon twinbill at Merrimack College.