MANCHESTER — Southern New Hampshire University pushed across a run in the bottom of the eighth inning en route to a 2-1 Northeast-10 baseball victory over No. 26 Franklin Pierce University Wednesday night at Penmen Field.
The Penmen, who are No. 12 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association (NCBWA) Division II poll, improved to 29-8 and 16-3 in the NE-10, while the Ravens, who check in at No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll, are now 25-13 and 12-6 in league play.
Senior Derrick Sylvester upped his record to 7-1 with eight strong innings, allowing four hits and one run while striking out nine and issuing a pair of walks. Benjamin Criscuolo nailed down the game with his eighth save in the ninth.
FPU’s Conor Gleason was the hard-luck loser, not surrendering a hit until Brendan O’Brien reached on a close infield single to lead off the eighth. O’Brien eventually scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Marty Dunlap greeted Criscuolo by knocking the first pitch of the top of the ninth through the left side for a leadoff single, however, Criscuolo responded by inducing a 4-3 double play and a popout to second baseman Mastroberti to preserve the win.
Seven of the last 10 games between Southern New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce have been decided by one run.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action Friday when it travels to Merrimack College for a 3:30 contest.