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College Baseball: SNHU one victory from D-II World Series

Staff report
May 20. 2018 10:40PM

The Southern New Hampshire University baseball team is one win away from its first NCAA Division II World Series appearance since 2012.

Bow’s Tom Blandini went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, helping the fourth-seeded Penmen to an 8-1 victory over second-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas College on Sunday in the East Regionals in Pleasantville, N.Y.

With the win, SNHU (3-0) advanced to the regional final for the third straight season. The Penmen will play the winner of Sunday’s late regional game today at noon, and if they lose, they’ll play a winner-take-all game at approximately 4 p.m.

SNHU (38-15) received dominant pitching from a pair of Granite Staters. Grad student Andrew Lalonde (6-4), of Bedford, allowed two hits and one run over five innings, and Wesley Tobin, of Portsmouth, pitched a hitless final four innings, with seven strikeouts.

The Penmen scored all the runs they needed in a two-run second inning. Idelson Taveras and Joshua Goldstein cracked two-out singles, sandwiched around a hit batsman, and Blandini delivered a two-run double.

Freshman Sam Henrie’s solo homer in the fourth extended the lead to 3-0.

After St. Thomas scored its run in the fifth, the Penmen, who have won 19 of their last 22, went back to work in the sixth. Henrie and Taveras led off with walks, and Kyle Pangallo hit a double that plated a run. Blandini followed a walk to Goldstein by dropping one in front of the center fielder to make it 5-1. A walk to Caleb Potter with the bases loaded and a sacrifice fly to deep right-center by freshman Dakota Mulcay, of Goffstown, capped the scoring in the four-run sixth and stretched the advantage to 7-1.

Goldstein made it 8-1 in the seventh with a two-out RBI single to center that scored Henrie, who drew a walk to begin the inning.

Goldstein went 3-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run.

UNH ClubCats eliminated

The University of New Hampshire’s run in the National Club Baseball Association Division III World Series ended on Sunday with a 4-0 loss to Adrian (Mich.) College.

The ClubCats, who went 2-2 in the tournament, lost their first game on Saturday, but came back to win their second game later.

In the ClubCats’ first game on Saturday, Adrian’s Kyle Stratton pitched seven innings for the win. Sam Werman took the loss for UNH, hurling five innings and allowing the one run.

UNH came back strong in the elimination game, outslugging Missouri S&T 7-6. Chris Clement homered for UNH, and Chris Hyland, Mike Plentzas, Anthony Degirolamo and Alex Haslam collected multiple hits for the ClubCats.

Plentzas, Canaan’s Charlie Day, Salem’s Zack Martineau, Durham’s Chris Clement, Windham’s Chris Murphy and North Woodstock’s Chris Hyland all had success during the season.