Baseball falls against No. 8 ranked SNHU
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Penmen Field in Manchester, NH, the Assumption College Baseball team dropped a Northeast-10 Conference divisional doubleheader to No. 8 ranked Southern New Hampshire University.
The Hounds are 14-19 on the season and just below .500 in the conference with an official record of 9-10. The most impressive part is that the Hounds have an 8-2 record at home.
On Saturday, the Hounds fell by a 7-6 final in 10 innings in game one, followed by an 18-3 setback to the No. 8 ranked Penmen in the second game.
Game one was the better of the two games, as the Hounds stayed right with the highly ranked Penmen. The game started with momentum in favor of the Penmen who put together three hits in the first inning to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.
In the second, they would add another run, making it 4-0. Assumption had to find a way to get back into the game. This came from the bat of junior Mike Coggeshall who unleashed a two-run homer to left in the top of the third as Assumption trailed 5-2 through three full innings.
The score would remain until the top of the seventh, as once again it was Coggeshall who launched a three-run shot to left center to tie the game at 5-5. The homer marked his first career two home run performance.
The Penmen, a strong offensive team, battled back and went back in front 6-5 in the eighth inning. Carson Helms’ sacrifice fly scored Sean Webster for the go-ahead run.
The game would come down to the ninth, with Assumption still trailing by one. First-year Kevin Quinlivan led off the inning with a solo homer to center to tie the contest at 6-6, sending the game into extra innings.
SNHU once again showed their dominance and came away with the victory in the bottom of the 10th as Goldstein took a 1-2 pitch to left field. The walk-off home run would make the final score 7-6 in favor of the Penmen.
Despite the loss, Coggeshall posted a monster performance, going 3-for-5 from the plate with two home runs. His effort also provided five RBIs and two runs.
Senior pitcher Steve Flynn gave up 10 hits and four earned runs over seven innings. First-year Geoffrey Kayo recorded the loss, going two innings with three strikeouts and one run allowed.
The Hounds’ season is not quite finished, as they continue play through the end of April and into the first week of May. Their next games will be a doubleheader at Saint Anselm on Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.