Southern New Hampshire University relief pitcher Tim Viehoff threw strikes Thursday - a lot of them.
Viehoff, a Derry resident, struck out 11 of the 13 batters he faced in Thursday night's 8-2 victory over St. Anselm College.
Viehoff's effort was part of a record-breaking performance. SNHU starter Derrick Sylvester, who lives in Franklin, also struck out 11 batters, and the 22 strikeouts by SNHU pitching were the most ever recorded in a nine-inning game at the Division II level.
"I was just doing what I usually do," Viehoff said. "I was hitting my spots, and they couldn't touch it. I've never been part of anything like that before."
SNHU is also in the record books for the most strikeouts in an extra-inning Division II game. In 2007, 26 SNHU batters went down on strikes in a game against Stonehill College that went 18 innings.
The previous Division II record of 21 strikeouts in a nine-inning game occurred four times, most recently in 2002, when Georgia College struck out 21 Piedmont College batters.
Sylvester started against St. Anselm and pitched the first five innings, allowing four hits and two runs while walking three. He got the decision in the win, improving to 5-1.
Viehoff, who attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry, was nearly perfect in relief. One batter he faced reached via error, and one grounded out to lead off the eighth. Everyone else who stepped into the box against him left after strike three. Viehoff struck out the side three times, twice in order, while picking up the save.
"I wasn't even expecting to pitch," Viehoff said. "They moved my start from (today) to Tuesday and told me to be ready to go.
"It was just one of those days. I was feeling really good."
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THE UNIVERSITY of New Hampshire remains atop the America East 2013-14 Stuart P. Haskell Jr. Commissioner's Cup standings by one point after the winter athletic season, the conference announced last week.
The Commissioner's Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system that rewards a school for success during the regular season and in championship competition in the conference's 20 sports.
UNH, which held a 149-148 lead over UMBC at the conclusion of the fall season, compiled 86 points during the winter season for a league-high 235 points overall. This is the first time the Wildcats lead the Commissioner's Cup standings after the winter season.
The University at Albany is in second place with 234 points, followed by the University of Maryland-Baltimore County (210) and Stony Brook University (207). The University of Hartford (161), University of Vermont (160), University of Maine (134), Binghamton University (124) and UMass Lowell (80) complete the standings.
UNH captured the America East women's swimming and diving title for the second consecutive year to gain 10 points. The Wildcats broke the championship record for the second time in as many years with 877 points, and their coaches were honored as Staff of the Year for the fifth consecutive season. The team broke four conference, two pool and two school records at the conference championship meet.
The 'Cats earned 39 points in women's basketball by recording their best regular-season finish - third place - since the 2004-05 season and advancing to the semifinals of the league tournament for the second straight year.
New Hampshire was awarded 12 points in both men's and women's indoor track and field for its fourth-place finish in both competitions at the America East Championships. The Wildcats' other 13 winter points were from men's basketball.
UNH excelled in the fall season, winning three of six conference titles and earning two NCAA tournament bids. The field hockey and women's volleyball teams swept the regular-season and tournament titles, and the women's cross-country team also brought home a championship for UNH.
The men's soccer team finished in second place in the America East regular-season standings and hosted a conference semifinal. The UNH men's cross-country team placed fourth at the America East Championships.
The Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup is named in honor of the first commissioner of America East. Haskell served as commissioner of the conference from 1987 until his retirement in 1997.
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Keene State sophomore Mariah Crisp was named the Little East Conference Pitcher of the Week after she posted a 0.57 ERA in six appearances (five starts). Crisp, a Greenland resident who pitched at Portsmouth High School, struck out 56 batters in 36.2 innings. She struck out a season-high 15 batters during a complete-game shutout victory over McDaniel.
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