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College Baseball: SNHU extends dominance

By ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 21. 2018 10:06PM
SNHU's Tom Blandini had two hits in the Penmen's 12-6 win over St. Anselm at St. Anselm College in Goffstown on Saturday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)



GOFFSTOWN - Andy Lalonde is a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University and one of the top starting pitchers on the school's baseball team. He was a senior at Bedford High School the last time SNHU lost to St. Anselm College.

SNHU's winning streak against St. Anselm stretched to 15 games Saturday when the Penmen beat the Hawks 12-6 at St. Anselm's Sullivan Park.

St. Anselm's last victory over SNHU came during the 2013 season.

"It's a rivalry game ... we're 10 minutes away and we obviously know each other very well, but every win matters to us," SNHU coach Scott Loiseau said. "It's a good win, but every win is the same."

Lalonde, who began his college career as a catcher at Division I St. Bonaventure, pitched a complete game to raise his record to 4-2. He allowed 12 hits, struck out two and didn't walk a batter. Seventy-one of his 103 pitches were strikes.

It was the first time in his two years as a starting pitcher that he's tossed more than 7 1/3 innings. He limited St. Anselm (9-18, 3-11 Northeast-10) to four runs until pinch-hitter Max Silverman came up with a two-run single with two outs in the ninth.

Lalonde said outside of pitching all nine innings, he wasn't satisfied with his performance.

"Luckily the offense picked me up today," he said. "I generally grind through innings. I just didn't do a good enough job today."

"I don't think the line was necessarily indicative of how he threw the baseball," Loiseau added. "He gave us nine. I thought he did a good job competing for us."

SNHU (23-12, 10-5 NE-10) put St. Anselm in a deep hole early. The Penmen led 5-0 after three innings and 9-0 after the top of the fourth. The score was 11-3 after five innings.

Third baseman Tom Blandini, designated hitter Thomas Buonopane, first baseman Ryan Sullivan, catcher Dakota Mulcay, left fielder Caleb Potter, center fielder Taylor Olmstead and shortstop Kyle Pangallo each had two hits for the Penmen, who collected 15 hits against five St. Anselm pitchers.

"In a college season you're going to have days when you go out there and your pitchers don't have their best stuff," first-year St. Anselm coach Nick Cenatiempo said. "It's tough to dig out of that kind of situation when you're facing a good arm and a good team."

Shortstop Max Wadington, right fielder Connor Parent and first baseman Dan Bodi each had two hits for the Hawks.

The teams will play at doubleheader at Sullivan Park today beginning at noon. Cenatiempo said being more competitive against in-state opponents is among the many steps forward his program needs to take.

"When you talk about the in-state teams, Franklin Pierce and Southern New Hampshire, they're good programs," Cenatiempo said. "There's a level of respect for them and sure, you want to get your program to the level that they have. You want to win all your games, but there is something to be said for when you play your in-state opponents. It's more of a rivalry game."

rbrown@unionleader.com


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