Stonehill Posts Key Regional Sweep of Post

Junior lefthander Eric Haughn threw 5.2 shutout innings in the Skyhawks 2-0 game one win. 

Skyhawks post 2-0 win in game one, notch 4-2 victory in nightcap

EASTON, Mass. (March 25, 2011) – Stonehill College, ranked fifth in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division II East Regional poll, picked up a key doubleheader sweep of Post University, ranked sixth in the region, in a non-conference baseball matchup at Lou Gorman Field this afternoon. Stonehill, now winners of a season-high seven in a row, posted a 2-0 win in game one, before topping the Eagles 4-2 in the nightcap of the two seven-inning games.

Junior lefthander Eric Haughn (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) and senior righthander Shane Penzone (Hudson, Mass./Hudson Catholic) turned in strong starts on the mound, while the Skyhawks bullpen allowed just a hit and a walk in a combined 3.1 shutout innings to seal both wins.

Sophomore James DeAlto (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y./Briarcliff) was a combined 2-for-4 with a run scored at the plate for Stonehill. Junior Rich McHugh (Pembroke, Mass./Thayer Academy) hit a combined 2-for-5 with a double and RBI, while classmate Michael White (Lisbon, N.H./Lisbon Regional) collected a pair of hits on the afternoon, including a key home run in game two, to extend his team-best hitting streak to eight games.             

Stonehill 2, Post 0

Eric Haughn and senior Brenden Shepard (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet) combined to toss a three-hit shutout as Stonehill picked up a 2-0 win in game one.

Haughn earned the win (2-1) for the Skyhawks as he scattered three hits and two walks over 5.2 scoreless innings of work, striking out a season-high nine batters, to run his scoreless inning streak to 15.2 innings. Shepard struck out three of the five batters he faced, walking just one, over the final 1.1 innings to notch his fourth save of the season. He entered the game with runners on first and second with two out and ended the threat with a strikeout of the Post cleanup batter.

Senior Angelo Bruno (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) was 1-for-3 with a home run, while James DeAlto finished 2-for-2 with a run scored. Junior Steven Popp (Unionville, Conn./Farmington) hit 1-for-2 for the Skyhawks.

Sophomore Felix Osoria (Bronx, N.Y./All Hallows) was 1-for-1 at the plate for Post with a walk, while sophomores Todd Blair (Ajax, Ontario) and Russell Sirko (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) each hit 1-for-3.

Senior righthander Dan Steers (Stoneridge, N.Y.) took the loss on the mound (1-1) for the Eagles, allowing the two earned runs on five hits with five strikeouts and a walk in the complete game.

Bruno gave Stonehill the only run it would need when he led off the bottom of the second inning with his team-leading fourth home run of the season. The Skyhawks doubled their lead in the third as DeAlto beat out an infield single, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and ground out and then scored on a wild pitch.

Post's best scoring chance came in the third as it loaded the bases with one out, but Haughn escaped the jam with a double play.    

Junior Michael White delivered a key two-run home run in game two and has hit safely in a team-best eight-straight. 
Stonehill 4, Post 2

Michael White delivered a key two-run home run and Shane Penzone turned in a strong start on the mound to key Stonehill's 4-2 win in game two.

White finished 1-for-3 with the home run and two RBI, while Rich McHugh hit 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored. Freshman Billy Karalis (Pawtucket, R.I./Bishop Feehan) was 1-for-2 with an RBI and walk. Senior Scott Hackett (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) batted 1-for-3 with a double, stolen base and run scored.

Penzone picked up the win (2-0), allowing two earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks in five plus innings. Senior Dan Corrigan (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) and junior Michael Von Stein (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) closed the game out with two scoreless innings of relief. Corrigan yielded just a hit with three strikeouts in 1.2 innings, before Von Stein struck out the final batter of the game to collect his second save of the year.

Senior Sean Jarrett (Ware, Mass./Holyoke Catholic) paced Post as he hit 3-for-3 with a double. Felix Osoria was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while junior Travis Locascio (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) batted 1-for-4 with a home run. Russell Sirko went 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Sophomore righthander John Jeanes (Hatchechubbee, Ala./Russell County) took the loss (2-1) on the mound for the Eagles, allowing the four earned runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks over 5.1 innings.

Stonehill opened the scoring in the second as Angelo Bruno was hit by a Jeanes pitch to lead off the inning and scored on a double to right by McHugh. Karalis drove in McHugh with a single to left. The Skyhawks doubled their lead in the third when Hackett led off with a double to left center before White followed with his second home run of the season.

Post got on the board with single runs in the fourth and fifth. Sirko drew a one out walk and later scored on a two-out single to center by Osoria. Locascio pulled the Eagles within two with a solo home run to right with two out in the fifth.

Stonehill's pitching held from there as Corrigan came in after a Jarrett double chased Panzone in the sixth and got three outs, including a strikeout with the runner on third to retire the side. Von Stein entered with two out in the seventh and stranded a Corrigan runner by striking out the only batter he faced.


Stonehill (14-5, 0-0 NE-10) opens its Northeast-10 Conference schedule tomorrow when it visits Adelphi University for a doubleheader starting at noon. The Skyhawks return to Gorman Field on Sunday to host Merrimack College for an NE-10 matchup at 1 p.m. Post (10-6, 2-0 CACC) is off until next Thursday when it visits Southern Connecticut State University at 3 p.m.

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