The New York Institute of Technology baseball team halted Southern New Hampshire University’s comeback bid just in time Friday in Game 1 of the NCAA East Super Regional at Penmen Field in Hooksett.
SNHU had the game-tying run on second base with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but NYIT shut the door to earn a 9-8 triumph over the Penmen.
NYIT can clinch the best-of-three series in Game 2, which is scheduled for Saturday at noon. If SNHU forces a deciding Game 3, it will be played Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
With the tying run on second base and another runner on first, SNHU’s Idelson Tavares flew out to center field to end the game.
The Penmen brought home four runs in the ninth inning to nearly pull off the comeback.
SNHU’s first three batters of the ninth frame reached base. Dakota Mulcay, a sophomore from Goffstown, drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Bow’s Tom Blandini, pulling the Penmen within three runs. Alex Kennedy and Kevin Alexy followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies to cut NYIT’s lead to 9-7. Mulcay scored on a Josh Goldstein single to cap the game’s scoring.
Jake Coro slugged a pair of homers for SNHU, including a three-run homer in the sixth that gave SNHU a 4-3 advantage.
NYIT responded to Coro’s homer by plating two runs in the seventh, three in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Bears hurler DJ Masuck earned the win. He allowed four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. SNHU’s Jake Walkinshaw took the loss after allowing four earned runs over seven frames. He gave up 10 hits and two walks and struck out six.