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After SNHU falls Saturday, St. Thomas takes crown from Dowling

The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team ran out of magic late Saturday night.

Facing elimination in the double-elimination Division II East Regional championship, the Penmen fell to Dowling University, 4-3, in Hooksett.

SNHU was bidding to defend its regional title and advance to the World Series in Cary, N.C.

On Sunday, St. Thomas beat Dowling twice, 4-2 and 3-0, to claim the regional title.

In the winner-take-all second game, Matt Kostalos hurled a six-hitter. He fanned five.

Penmen come up short

Down 3-0 in the fifth inning, Southern New Hampshire struck back in the bottom of the inning with two runs of its own, also sparked by a lack of control by Dowling pitcher J.J. Bessell. With the bases loaded after a pair of singles and a walk, Mike Mastroberti scored when Tyler Fortanascio walked, and Alejandro Diaz then scored on a wild pitch.

Dowling scored a single run in the top of the sixth to take a 4-2 lead, but back-to-back doubles by Palmer and Mastroberti got SNHU back within a run at 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. That was as close as the Penmen would get against Bessell, who allowed six hits and struck out 10 in the route-going effort.

SNHU finished 41-14.

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