Baseball’s Bats Go Cold in Loss to Bentley

Senior Chris Hoyt paced the Skyhawk offense, finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases and a run and RBI.

Skyhawks whiff 12 times, drop Northeast Divisional game

WALTHAM, Mass. (April 27, 2016) – The Stonehill College baseball team, ranked sixth in this week's NCAA Baseball East Regional Ranking, fell victim to a dominant pitching performance by senior righty Will Alden (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) as Bentley University defeated the Skyhawks 6-2 in Northeast-10 Northeast Divisional action at DeFelice Field today.

Alden went the distance against Stonehill today, improving to 2-4 on the year after pitching all nine innings and allowing two runs (one earned), while racking up 12 strikeouts and walking just one batter.

Graduate student Ryan O'Connor (Newburyport, Massachusetts/Newburyport) led Bentley at the plate today, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. Senior Zachary Littman (Abington, Massachusetts/Abington) and junior Justin Ashworth (Orange, Connecticut/Amity Regional) each went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored, while graduate student Mike Muir (Bridgewater, Massachusetts/Xaverian Brothers) finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run.

Sophomore Pat Shore (Norwood, Massachusetts/Catholic Memorial) got the start for Stonehill and went five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits to go with three strikeouts.

Senior Chris Hoyt (Walpole, Massachusetts/Xaverian Brothers) went 2-for-4 to pace the Stonehill offense, stealing two bases while recording an RBI and a run. Classmate Brian Campbell (Franklin, Massachusetts/Mount Saint Charles) registered a hit and a walk, while sophomore Isiah Nunez (Brooklyn, New York/Berkshire School) finished 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Sophomore Isiah Nunez went 1-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Stonehill jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Nunez connected on a leadoff triple and Hoyt followed up with a single through the left side of the infield to record an RBI. Hoyt then stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. After junior Steve Lee (Braintree, Massachusetts/Braintree) struck out swinging, Hoyt scurried home on a wild pitch to score the second run of the inning.

Bentley cut into the lead in the bottom half of the inning, as Ashworth singled to left field and senior Brian Rocha (Rehoboth, Massachusetts/Dighton-Rehoboth Reg.) followed up with a single to put two men on base with no outs. After both runners were advanced on a sacrifice bunt, Ashworth came around to score on an RBI groundout.

Bentley took the lead for good in the fourth inning when O'Connor reached base on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on a balk. Littman then doubled down the left field line to score O'Connor and Ashworth singled up the middle to plate Littman.

Bentley scored once more in the fifth as Alden started to settle in on the mound. The senior faced the minimum batters in both the sixth and seventh inning, and put Stonehill down in order in the eighth, recording two strikeouts in the inning. The Falcons added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, using three singles and two errors to push the lead to four runs.

Stonehill tried to rally back in the ninth inning as Campbell reached base to start the inning, but Alden recorded two groundouts and his 12th strikeout of the game to close the contest out.

Stonehill (23-14, 11-7 NE-10) will return to action on Saturday, when the Skyhawks travel to Southern New Hampshire University for a weekend series with the Penmen, starting Saturday at noon. Saturday's doubleheader will be broadcasted by NESNplus and NESN National. Bentley (13-21, 8-11 NE-10) will travel to Saint Michael's for a weekend series starting on Saturday at noon.

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