HOOKSETT, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team lost an 8-0 decision to No. 7 Southern New Hampshire University on Friday afternoon at Penmen Field to open a four-game Northeast-10 Conference weekend. The Penmen, who qualified for the last seven NCAA Tournaments, including advancing to last year's College World Series, received their national ranking in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll.
- Saint Michael's (4-6, 1-2 NE10), Southern New Hampshire (16-6, 2-1 NE10)
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Max McDowell (Essex Junction, Vt./South Burlington), 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
- Sophomore Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf), 1-for-3
- Sophomore Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep), 1-for-3
- Senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), 1-for-4
- Sophomore Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins), 1-for-4
- Junior Tom Blandini, 3-for-4, R, 3 RBIs, SB
- Redshirt junior Joshua Goldstein, 2-for-3, 2 R, 2B
- Sophomore Idelson Taveras, 2-for-4, R, RBI
- Graduate student Cameron Scotia, 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K
- Southern New Hampshire is seventh in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll. The Penmen qualified for the past seven NCAA Tournaments, including advancing to the 2018 College World Series.
- Allen moved into a tie with Chadwick Estey '12 for ninth in program history with 106 career hits.
- A first-year college baseball player, McDowell has made both of his starts this season against nationally-ranked squads after facing Johns Hopkins (Md.) University, the ninth-ranked team in Division III, during his first start on March 21.
- The Purple Knights were outhitting the Penmen, 4-3, until the bottom of the seventh inning.
- Southern New Hampshire scored three of its first four runs on sacrifice flies.
- Moran reached on an error to lead off the game before being left at second base.
- Blandini led off the Southern New Hampshire half of the first inning with a single, but first-year catcher Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) cut him down trying to steal second.
- Moran and Giroux-Harvey singled in the second and third innings, respectively, but were left on.
- Goldstein doubled with one down in the third before moving 90 feet on an outfield error and scoring the game's first run on Blandini's sacrifice fly.
- Allen led off the fourth with a single but was caught trying to stretch the hit to a double.
- Maldonado singled with two down in the fifth before he and Moran reached scoring position on an error, but the final batter flew to right.
- Blandini led off the sixth with a single before sophomore Sam Henrie's sacrifice fly made it 2-0, with each of the Penmen's runs to that point unearned. McDowell stranded two runners in scoring position by inducing a groundout.
- Southern New Hampshire put two more on the board in the seventh, thanks to a Blandini RBI single and redshirt senior Kevin Alexy's sacrifice fly.
- The hosts scored four more times on three hits and an error in the eighth. Blandini and Taveras were among four different Penmen with an RBI during the inning.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME
- Saturday at regionally-ranked Franklin Pierce University, 12 p.m. doubleheader.
- That will kick off a three-game weekend series.
- The Ravens are third in the latest New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) poll.
- Franklin Pierce qualified for 13 of the last 14 NCAA Tournaments.