#2 Southern New Hampshire Takes Two from #3 LIU Post to Punch Ticket to NCAA East Super Regional

GAME 1 BOX SCORE | GAME 2 BOX SCORE

When and Where: May 18, 2019 – Hooksett, N.H. (Penmen Field)
Game 1 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 8, Long Island University-LIU Post 2
Game 2 Score: Southern New Hampshire University 4, Long Island University-LIU Post 1
Records: SNHU 40-13, LIU Post 38-16

Redshirt-sophomore Marcus Chavez (Queens, N.Y.) snapped a seventh-inning tie with a three-run home run in the decisive game of the NCAA East II Regional final, as 17th-ranked and second-seeded Southern New Hampshire University claimed a 4-1 win against 25th-ranked and third-seeded Long Island University-LIU Post on Saturday at Penmen Field, to sweep the Pioneers and advance to the NCAA East Super Regional. The Penmen secured an 8-2 victory in game one to avoid elimination and force the winner-take-all game two.

Southern New Hampshire will now host a best-of-three series with the fifth-seeded New York Institute of Technology on Friday, May 24 and Saturday May 25 at Penmen Field. The winner will be crowned champion of the East Region and will earn one of the eight spots in the College World Series on June 1-8 in Cary, N.C.

Southern New Hampshire will now host a best-of-three series with the fifth-seeded New York Institute of Technology on Friday, May 24 and Saturday May 25 at Penmen Field. The winner will be crowned champion of the East Region and will earn one of the eight spots in the College World Series on June 1-8 in Cary, N.C.

With game two tied, 1-1, in the bottom of the seventh Chavez delivered the clutch swing to put SNHU back on top. Following a base hit from sophomore Idelson Taveras (Lawrence, Mass.) and a walk to junior Tom Blandini (Bow, N.H.), Chavez crushed a three-run homer to left that put the Penmen up, 4-1.

Redshirt-sophomore Alex Gomes (Peabody, Mass.) continued to cruise, setting down six of the final seven to seal the win.

Gomes (4-1) staked claim to the win, allowing just one run on two hits in four-and-two-thirds innings of relief, striking out a pair and walking one. Graduate student Cameron Scotia (Dudley, Mass.) started and twirled four-and-a-third scoreless innings, relinquishing four hits, while striking out two and walking one.

Chavez was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored. Blandini was an on-base machine, going 2-for-2 with two walks and a pair of runs scored.

Senior Brian Kavanagh (East Meadow, N.Y.) started for LIU Post and gave up just one run on three hits over four innings, striking out one and issuing four walks.

Senior Michael Manzione (Glen Cove, N.Y.) went 2-for-4 to lead the Pioneers.

SNHU forced a second game by scoring eight unanswered runs to win game one. Down 2-0, the Penmen finally kicked the door down in the fourth, hanging a three-spot on the strength of four singles. Sophomore Dakota Mulcay (Goffstown, N.H.) led it off with a base hit to right, before Alexy and Coro followed with singles through the right side to put SNHU on the board. An RBI groundout by redshirt-junior Joshua Goldstein (Haverhill, Mass.) plated the tying run, before Taveras drove a two-out single back through the box to put Southern New Hampshire on top, 3-2.

SNHU added some insurance in a big way in the eighth, with freshman Alex Kennedy (Braintree, Mass.) and Alexy hitting back-to-back solo home runs to right that stretched the lead to 5-2.

The Penmen extended the lead further with a three-run ninth, as senior Joshua Zbierski (Stafford Springs, Conn.) plated the first run with a pinch-hit RBI fielder's choice, with Kennedy and Alexy following with RBI singles to make it 8-2.

Junior Wesley Tobin (Portsmouth, N.H.) earned the win to improve to 8-3, allowing two runs – one earned – on seven hits, while striking out eight and walking three, over seven innings. Sophomore Jeffrey Praml (Bridgewater, N.J.) collected his 10th save of the season with a pair of shutout frames, giving up just one hit and recording a strikeout.

Alexy was a perfect 5-for-5 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored, while Chavez finished 3-for-5 and scored a run. Kennedy turned in a 2-for-5 performance with a pair of RBI and two runs scored, with Blandini going 2-for-4 with a run.

Junior Mike Stiles (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y) made the emergency start for LIU Post and gave up five runs on 11 hits over seven-and-a-third innings, striking out four and not walking a batter.

Redshirt-junior Andy Camilo (Bronx, N.Y.) was 2-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run scored.

For the latest information on the NCAA Baseball East II Regional, visit the Championship Central page.