NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. - The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team picked up a split of a Northeast-10 doubleheader with Merrimack College Saturday afternoon. The Warriors posted a 1-0 win in game one, while the Penmen posted a 3-2 win in the nightcap. SNHU is now 8-10 overall and 5-2 in the NE-10, while Merrimack is 10-8 and 1-3 in the league.
In game two, SNHU fell behind 2-0 when Merrimack scored single runs in the first and fourth innings, but the Penmen would get on the board in the top of the sixth. Scott Strong (Naperville, IL) led off the inning with a single, then after a single to right-center by Skyler Byrd (Milford, NH), a single by Bobby Wronski (Arlington, MA) scored Strong.
The Penmen tacked on two runs in the top of the eighth with two outs to take the lead and earn the win. Joe Gargan (Hudson, NH) got the rally started with a single down the left field line, then Jeff Giannino (Beverly, MA) would walk. Joe Santos (Holliston, MA) singled up the middle to score Gargan, while a double by Curtis Burke (Bristol, RI) plated Giannino. Santos also tried to score from first but was gunned down at the plate.
Wronski and Burke each had three hits to pace the Penmen. Derek Anderson (Dracut, MA) earned the win on the mound for SNHU, working 7.2 innings and allowing six hits and two runs (one earned) while fanning eight. Steve Golbranson (Abington, MA) worked the final 1.1 innings and allowed one hit for the save.
In the opener Merrimack would score the game's only run in the second inning. Andrew Johnson got on with a one-out single and scored on a base hit up the middle by Bob McCarthy. The Penmen's best chance to tie the game came in the sixth when Eric Pelletier (Beverly, MA) led off the inning with a single and nearly scored on a single by Byrd, but got caught in a rundown.
Gargan and Strong had the other Penmen hits in the opener as they were outhit 6-4. A.J. Dusablon (Burlington, VT) took the loss on the mound, working six innings and allowing just four hits while striking out three. Dylan Ellis allowed just four hits and fanned eight in a complete-game effort for Merrimack to pick up the win.
SNHU and Merrimack are scheduled to conclude their three-game series Sunday at SNHU's Penmen Field, with first pitch set for 1:00.