When and Where: March 24, 2019 – West Haven, Conn. (Frank Vieira Field)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, University of New Haven 4
Game 2 Score: University of New Haven 1, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: SNHU 15-6 (1-1 NE10), UNH 7-8 (1-1 NE10)
Sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.) hammered a three-run double in the top of the ninth inning of game one to snap a 4-4 tie and send the eighth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team to a 7-4 victory over the University of New Haven on Sunday at Frank Vieira Field. New Haven would bounce back for a 1-0 win in game two to salvage the doubleheader.
- Henrie finished 3-for-9 with three RBI in the twinbill.
- Junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) finished 2-for-7 with a walk and a run scored.
- Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) fired a shutout ninth in game one for his fifth save of the season. He allowed a hit and a walk, while striking out one.
- In the second game, junior Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth, N.H.) was the tough-luck loser, allowing one unearned run on three hits, while striking out 12 and not walking a batter, over eight innings.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1
- New Haven struck for a pair in the bottom of the third against graduate student Jake Walkinshaw (Seymour, Conn.), who forced in a run from third with a balk and issued a two-out, bases-loaded walk to bring in the second run.
- Southern New Hampshire would chop the deficit in half in the top of the sixth when junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) led off with an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a fielder's choice groundout and scored on another wild pitch to make it 2-1.
- New Haven tacked on insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, with an Andrew Garcia sacrifice fly and a James Myers two-out RBI single providing the damage.
- It turned out to not be enough, as SNHU would rally for six runs in the top of the ninth. The Chargers would retire the first batter of the inning, but a Faircloth walk, single to right-center by freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) and another base hit from senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) began the comeback and plated the first run of the inning to trim the lead to 4-2. After grad student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) walked to load the bases, an RBI single from redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) and a Blandini sac fly to center knotted the score at 4-all.
- Redshirt-senior Kevin Alexy (Newton, Mass.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but Henrie quickly unloaded them, driving a three-run double to the gap in right-center that made it 7-4 and gave the Penmen their first lead of the day.
- Praml entered in the bottom of the ninth and issued a leadoff walk, before giving up a single that put the tying run at the plate. He then settled down, getting a strikeout and back-to-back popups to end the threat and solidify the win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 1
- Zbierski (RBI, run) and sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) split time behind the dish and were each 1-for-2.
- Faircloth, Kennedy and Alexy were all 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
- Blandini and Goldstein both finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
- Henrie was 1-for-5 with three RBI.
- Walkinshaw relinquished two runs on two hits over three-and-two-thirds innings, while striking out five and walking six.
- Redshirt-junior Endy Morales (Holyoke, Mass.) picked up the win to improve to 3-1 on the season, working four-and-a-third innings, giving up two runs on one hit, while punching out four and walking a pair.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 2
- The game was scoreless in the seventh inning when Henrie singled up the middle and stole second with two outs to become the first Penmen to reach second base in the contest. He would be stranded there.
- New Haven took advantage in the home half against Tobin (3-2), as Matt Chamberlain singled, stole second, went to third on an infield single to the shortstop and scored when the ball was thrown away.
- SNHU threatened to tie it in the ninth, as Mulcay reached on a one-out fielding error, with junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) entering to pinch run. Henrie followed with a single through the left side, putting a pair on. After New Haven secured the second out, a double steal put both runners in scoring position, but a strikeout would end it.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 2
- Henrie was the only Penmen with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.
- Faircloth was 1-for-4.
- Southern New Hampshire has won eight of its last 11.
- Praml's fifth save of the year moves him into a sixth-place tie with Steve Shea (1995) and Ryan Quinn (2006) on the program's single-season list.
- Faircloth extends his hitting streak to six straight, while Henrie has hit safely in seven of his last eight.
- Goldstein and Blandini both had their respective six- and five-game hitting streaks snapped in game two.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, March 27 (3:30 p.m.) when they play host to Saint Michael's College at Penmen Field in their home opener.
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