Senior Scott Hackett drove in the tying run and then score the go-ahead run to lift the Skyhawks past SNHU. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)
Skyhawks score twice in seventh to erase deficit and notch fourth-straight win
Junior Michael White (Lisbon, N.H./Lisbon Regional) paced the Stonehill offense as he hit 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases and an RBI. Senior Scott Hackett (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) was 1-for-3 with an RBI, stolen base and two runs scored, while classmate Angelo Bruno (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk) went 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base and run scored. Junior Rich McHugh (Pembroke, Mass./Thayer Academy) finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Junior lefthander Eric Haughn (Pembroke, Mass./Pembroke) grinded out his fifth-straight win (5-1) on the mound, allowing four earned runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and two walks over seven innings. Junior lefthander Michael Von Stein (Trumbull, Conn./Trumbull) and senior righthander Brenden Shepard (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet) faced the minimum over the last two innings to seal the victory as Shepard pinned down his Conference-leading ninth save of the season.
Sophomore Matt Boulter (Wrentham, Mass./Bishop Feehan) led Southern New Hampshire as he batted 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Freshman Albert Stanton (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, run scored and RBI, while senior Tim Rines (Merrimack, N.H./Merrimack) went 1-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored.
Junior Michael White was 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases and an RBI.
Sophomore lefthander Timothy Flight (Portsmouth, R.I./Portsmouth) took the loss for SNHU (4-2), allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits with eight strikeouts and four walks over 6.1 innings.
Stonehill scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase a one-run deficit and claim the win. Sophomore James DeAlto (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y./Briarcliff) led off with a single through the right side, stole second, and scored on a single to left center by Hackett. White singled to chase Flight and send Hackett to third and he scored on a wild pitch on the first offering from SNHU senior righthander Bryant Gauthier (Lynn, Mass./Lynn Classical). The Skyhawks would go on to load the bases, but couldn't push another run across.
Stonehill opened the scoring in the first as senior Nick Nardacci (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by Hackett, stole second and scored when White reached on an error. Southern New Hampshire tied the game in the third on a one out solo home run by Rines in the third.
Stonehill answered right back with a pair of runs in the home half of the third. Hackett walked and White singled before the pair executed a delayed double steal of home and second to regain the lead. Bruno singled to left center and then scored on a throwing error.
SNHU got a run back in the fourth with Boulter's solo homer with one out and then took the lead with a pair of runs in the fifth. Rines was hit by a Haughn pitch to lead off the fifth, was sacrificed to second and scored on a single to left center by Stanton. Boulter drove in Stanton with a two out single to center to put the Penmen in front before the Skyhawks winning rally in the seventh.
Stonehill (24-8, 9-3 NE-10 ) is back in action on Saturday when it hosts No. 5-ranked Southern Connecticut State University for a key NE-10 doubleheader at Gorman Field starting at noon. Southern New Hampshire (15-15, 3-7 NE-10) hosts 13th-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Friday at 3:30 p.m.