Baseball Hangs with No. 4 Southern New Hampshire Before Losing Late, 8-5

Baseball Hangs with No. 4 Southern New Hampshire Before Losing Late, 8-5

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team stood tied with fourth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University until the seventh inning in an 8-5 loss on Thursday during Northeast-10 Conference play at Doc Jacobs Field. The Penmen, whose national ranking is according to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), qualified for the last seven NCAA Tournaments, advancing to the 2018 College World Series.

RECORDS

  • Saint Michael's (5-16, 2-10 NE10), Southern New Hampshire (25-7, 11-2 NE10)

SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS

  • Senior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional), 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBIs, HR, BB
  • Sophomore Danté Moran (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Dixie Hollins), 2-for-4, R, RBI; 6.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, Loss
  • Sophomore Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep), 1-for-3, RBI, SF
  • Junior Lenin Gomez (Edison, N.J./Edison/New Jersey City), 1-for-4, RBI
  • Sophomore Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside), 1-for-4, R
  • First-year Sebastian Oetterer (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips), 1-for-5, R, 2B
  • First-year Harrison Stampler (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables), BB, SB, outfield assist
  • Senior Max McDowell (Essex Junction, Vt./South Burlington), 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
  • Sophomore Dan Favicchio (Massapequa, N.Y./Saint John the Baptist Diocesan), 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

OPPONENT LEADERS

  • Sophomore Sam Henrie, 3-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBIs, 2B, 2 SB
  • Graduate student John Stanton, 2-for-3, R, BB, 3 SB
  • Junior Tom Blandini, 2-for-5, R, RBI, 2B
  • Redshirt junior Joshua Goldstein, 2-for-5, 2 R, SB
  • Graduate student Cameron Scotia, 4.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Redshirt sophomore Alex Gomes, 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, Win
  • Redshirt sophomore Zachary Merchant, 1.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
  • Sophomore Jeffrey Praml, 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

GAME FACTS

  • Southern New Hampshire was fourth in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll while occupying first in the NCBWA East Region and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) rankings.
  • The Penmen qualified for the last seven NCAA Tournaments, advancing to last year's College World Series.
  • Scotia had allowed only three runs in 17 innings this season entering the game. In 36.1 career innings, he had yielded only one home run to a lefty before Allen's dinger - also to Allen, on April 28, 2017, at Southern New Hampshire.
  • The visitors held a narrow 13-10 lead in hits.
  • Southern New Hampshire utilized four pitchers, each of which entered the game with a sub-2.00 earned run average.
  • Saint Michael's scored five earned runs on 10 hits against a Penmen pitching staff that entered the day with the third-best ERA (3.01) and hits per nine innings (7.17) in Division II. The hosts picked up 10 hits and three walks for 1.44 base runners per inning, exceeding Southern New Hampshire's national-leading 1.12 walks and hits per nine innings.
  • Allen hit the 13th home run of his career, bringing him within four of Jack Coffey's '57 school record.
  • Allen moved into a tie for sixth in program history in career walks (48) with Matt Beaulieu '10 and Tim McDonnell '12 while matching Chadwick Estey '12 for seventh in RBIs (63).
  • Five of the teams' last nine meetings have now been decided by three runs or fewer.

THE ACTION

  • Southern New Hampshire got on the board first when a dropped infield popup with two down in the opening frame allowed a pair of Penmen to score.
  • In the home half, Oetterer doubled with one out before Allen drilled a tying home run to right field. Kroeger followed with a single and reached second on a wild pitch, but the final two Purple Knights struck out.
  • Stanton singled with one out in the second, but sophomore catcher Julien Giroux-Harvey (Montreal, Québec/Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf) cut him down trying to steal second.
  • The Purple Knights went in front during the third inning, as Allen singled with one down and moved 90 feet on a wild pitch before coming home on Moran's two-out single to left center.
  • Stanton singled with one down in the fifth and stole second with two out before scoring the tying run on Blandini's infield single.
  • Stampler walked and stole second to begin the home half of the fifth before Allen was intentionally walked one out later, but Gomes came from the bullpen to induce a pair of fly ball outs.
  • The Penmen went ahead thanks to scoring four runs on five hits in the seventh, including three with two down. Sophomore Idelson Taveras' RBI single put the visitors up by a 4-3 count, and Henrie came through with a two-run double. Junior Jake Coro's RBI double capped the frame.
  • Saint Michael's trimmed the deficit to 7-5 in the eighth, as Gomez singled through the left side to score Kroeger before Praml came on in relief to allow Maldonado's sac fly, which plated Moran. Sophomore Anthony Azpeitia's (Tampa, Fla./King) two-out single loaded the bases, but the final batter flew to right field.
  • Southern New Hampshire scored an insurance run on Henrie's single in the ninth, but center fielder Stampler limited the damage during the frame, making a diving catch two with on before firing home on the next batter's single to cut down Henrie tying to score from second.
  • Saint Michael's went down in order in the ninth.

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S GAME

  • Saturday vs. regionally-ranked Assumption College, 3 p.m.
  • The Purple Knights will play a Hope Happens Here Mental Health Awareness Game.
  • The Greyhounds are ranked second this week by the NEIBA while sitting eighth in the NCBWA East Region poll.