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College Baseball: Ravens outlast Penmen in 13 to survive another day
Franklin Pierce's Dan Kemp jumps as he steals home in the third inning in front of Pace's Joe Solomeno during the NCAA Division II East Regional Baseball Championship contest on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
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 (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.
The Ravens took a 2-1 lead on Marty Dunlap's sacrifice fly that scored Mathieu in the top of the 11th.
Franklin Pierce starter Vladimir Camacho made it through eight innings. He surrendered five hits, struck out three and walked four.
Franklin Pierce 8, Pace 1
-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.
"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."
Franklin Pierce used four pitchers in its first three tournament games and had a fresh bullpen entering its contest against Southern New Hampshire.
"McGowan always works quick so it's easy for the defense. I love when he pitches. He always does a great job."
Pace starting pitcher Neil Pezzullo was removed from the mound with two outs in the third. He allowed four runs and walked five.
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.
Third-seeded New Haven, which beat Franklin Pierce 3-1 on Friday, finished its season with a 34-16 record.