The Franklin Pierce baseball team didn't generate a lot of offense Saturday night, but it did generate enough.
Sixth-seeded Franklin Pierce got an RBI single from catcher Marty Dunlap that scored Derry's Zach Mathieu in the top of the 13th inning and hung on to defeat fourth-seeded Southern New Hampshire, 3-2, in the the NCAA Division II East Regional Baseball Championship at Penmen Field in Manchester.
Southern New Hampshire had a runner on second with no outs in the bottom of the 13th, but failed to score. Mathieu scored all three Franklin Pierce runs.
Southern New Hampshire (35-18) will face top-seeded Wilmington (42-13) Sunday at noon. Franklin Pierce (35-17) will meet the winner in the tournament's championship game at 4 p.m.
Franklin Pierce carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the 11th, but Southern New Hampshire tied the game when Matt Boulter drew a bases-loaded walk that forced in Bryan Toland.
The Ravens took a 2-1 lead on Marty Dunlap's sacrifice fly that scored Mathieu in the top of the 11th.
Franklin Pierce grabbed a 1-0 lead on Brendan Walsh's RBI single, which drove in Mathieu in the top of the fourth. It remained 1-0 until Riley Palmer's sacrifice fly scored Kyle McGinnity in the eighth.
Southern New Hampshire starting pitcher Derrick Sylvester allowed six hits in nine innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Franklin Pierce starter Vladimir Camacho made it through eight innings. He surrendered five hits, struck out three and walked four.
Southern New Hampshire won two of three regular-season meetings with Franklin Pierce. The Penmen won 4-1 in Rindge, 4-3 (10 innings) in Manchester and dropped a 4-2 decision in Manchester.
Franklin Pierce 8, Pace 1
In need of a victory to extend its season, the Franklin Pierce University baseball team turned to right-handed pitcher Kevin McGowan on Saturday - and McGowan delivered.
-McGowan, a junior who played high school baseball at Nashua North, tossed a complete game to lead sixth-seeded Franklin Pierce to an 8-1 triumph over fifth-seeded Pace.
The victory set up Saturday night's matchup.
"I was just doing whatever I could to keep our team in it and get a win," McGowan said. "That's what we needed, so I guess I did my job."
McGowan surrendered nine hits, walked one and stuck out four. He raised his pitching record to 7-1 this season.
Franklin Pierce used four pitchers in its first three tournament games and had a fresh bullpen entering its contest against Southern New Hampshire.
Sophomore third baseman Matt O'Herron collected four hits for Franklin Pierce, which scored a run in the first, three in the third, three in the sixth and one in the seventh. Shortstop Dan Kemp drove in two runs for the Ravens, who had 11 hits in the game.
"Today was win or go home for us so we came out fired up," O'Herron said. "(McGowan) pitched a great game and we got the W.
"McGowan always works quick so it's easy for the defense. I love when he pitches. He always does a great job."
Pace, which dropped a 3-2 decision to Southern New Hampshire on Friday night, completed its season with a 33-17 record.
Pace starting pitcher Neil Pezzullo was removed from the mound with two outs in the third. He allowed four runs and walked five.
First baseman Brandon Martineson led the Pace offense with three hits and had his team's only RBI.
Wilmington 11, New Haven 0
Top-seeded Wilmington received three hits and two RBIs from both catcher Matt Lopes and outfielder Brandon Payne and remained alive with this shutout victory. Center fielder Jordan Johnson also had three hits for Wilmington, which will play Southern New Hampshire today at noon.
Wilmington starting pitcher Frank Samluk held New Haven to three hits in seven innings and struck out 12. Tyler Fries and Nick Marics each pitched an inning of scoreless relief.
Third-seeded New Haven, which beat Franklin Pierce 3-1 on Friday, finished its season with a 34-16 record.
Wilmington had 14 hits in the game, and also drew five walks.