When and Where: April 13, 2019 – Taunton, Mass. (Taunton High School)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 7, Stonehill College 2
Game 2 Score: Stonehill College 5, Southern New Hampshire University 0
Records: SNHU 26-8 (12-3 NE10, 7-1 NE10 NE), Stonehill 16-18 (7-7 NE10, 3-5 NE10 NE)
Redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and classmate Endy Morales (Holyoke, Mass.) allowed two runs over seven strong innings, as the fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University baseball team posted a 7-2 win in the opening game of Saturday's doubleheader against Stonehill College at Taunton High School. Stonehill rebounded for a 5-0 shutout victory in the second game.
- Goldstein finished the doubleheader 3-for-8 with a walk, RBI and run scored.
- Morales (4-1) gave up two runs on nine hits over seven innings, while striking out six and not walking a batter.
- Sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) was 2-for-6 with a walk and pair of RBI in the two games.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1
- Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second as walks to junior Jake Coro (Johnston, R.I.) and senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) put a pair on with two out, before an RBI single from graduate student John Stanton (Sandwich, Mass.) and two-run single from Taveras did some damage.
- Stonehill grabbed two back in the bottom of the third on an RBI double to right-center from William Kelleher and a run-scoring single to center by Harrison Sabo.
- SNHU posted another three-spot in the fourth. Zbierski scored the first run when he drew a lead-off walk, swiped second, went to third on a wild pitch and came home on another wild pitch that was ball four to Stanton. An RBI double to left from Goldstein and a run-scoring base knock to left for freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) extended the lead to 6-2.
- Junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.) made it 7-2 with a two-out RBI single to right in the fifth.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 1
- Goldstein was 3-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored.
- Taveras finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
- Coro went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks and a run.
- Stanton (walk, RBI, two runs), Kennedy (walk, RBI) and sophomore Sam Henrie (Middleboro, Mass.; walk) were all 1-for-4.
- Blandini (RBI) and fellow junior Dylan Faircloth (Cleveland, Texas) each went 1-for-5.
- Redshirt-junior Brendan Welch (Easton, Mass.) fired a pair of shutout frames, allowing two hits, while striking out two and walking one.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 2
- Stonehill seized a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second against grad student Chris Murphy (Billerica, Mass.) when Thomas Quinn drew a two-out walk and Patrick Downey followed with a two-run homer to left.
- The Skyhawks struck for three more with two outs in the fifth on an RBI double to center off the bat of Kelleher and a two-run double down the left field line from Aidan Wilde.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE – GAME 2
- Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) went 2-for-3.
- Redshirt-junior Sean Doherty (Haverhill, Mass.) was 1-for-3.
- Kennedy had the other hit for the Penmen, going 1-for-4.
- Murphy (3-1) relinquished five runs on five hits over six innings, while striking out seven and walking four.
- Redshirt-freshman Joshua Eastman (Marshfield, Mass.) allowed one hit in a shutout inning.
- Senior Xavier Czepiel (Southampton, N.J.) struck out one in a perfect inning of work.
- Southern New Hampshire has won 13 of the last 16 and 11 of 13.
- Doherty owns a five-game hitting streak and is 6-for-10 with three RBI and three runs scored during it.
- Kennedy has now hit safely in three straight.
- Chavez is 5-for-7 in his last two games.
- The Penmen wrap up the series with Stonehill on Sunday (April 14) at 1 p.m.
- The next home game for SNHU is Friday, April 19 (3:30 p.m.) when it plays host to Bentley University.
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