#12 Franklin Pierce Blanks Southern N.H., 3-0
Mather fires one-hit shutout, fans ten, to lead Ravens
MANCHESTER, N.H. (May 1, 2006) - Franklin Pierce, ranked 12th in this week's Collegiate Baseball magazine Division II coaches poll, posted a 3-0 victory over Southern New Hampshire University in Northeast-10 Conference baseball action at Penmen Field this afternoon.
Junior right-hander Arric Mather (Danville, N.H./Winnacunnet) tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out ten and walking just one to collect his eighth win of the season (8-1). Mather yielded a one-out single in the bottom of the first, and then held Southern New Hampshire hitless the rest of the way, allowing just two base runners the rest of the way.
Sophomore Matt Anderson (Medford, Mass./Medford) sparked the offense as he hit 2-for-3 with a run scored. Senior Mike Chambers (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) was 2-5 with a run scored, while freshman Scott Savastano (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) finished 2-4 with a stolen base.
Junior Rob Hennessey (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) suffered his first loss of the spring (4-1), allowing two earned runs on nine hits and three walks with five strikeouts over 7.1 innings of work. He allowed just one hit over the first four innings.
Senior Tony Aucoin (Southbridge, Mass./Southbridge) had SNHU's lone hit of the afternoon, finishing 1-for-4.
The game was scoreless until Franklin Pierce broke the deadlock in the fifth. Junior Vinny Pennell (Spencer, Mass./David Prouty) drew a one-out walk, stole second and then scored on a double down the leftfield line by junior Kim Hart (Gorham, Maine/Gorham).
The Ravens added an insurance run in the eighth as Chambers led off with a single, was sacrificed to second and reached third on a wild pitch before coming home on a single through the left side by senior All-American Bryan Duplissie (East Swanzey, N.H./Monadnock Regional) with one out. Franklin Pierce rounded out the scoring in the ninth as Anderson led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch with one out.
Franklin Pierce (39-9, 24-5 NE-10) is back in action tomorrow when it resumes its originally forfeited contest at the College of Saint Rose from Friday. The Golden Knights led 5-2 in the top of the second when the game was called after the umpires ruled Ravens ejected head coach Jayson King and their starting catcher did not left the field in a timely fashion. Franklin Pierce appealed the ruling and the game decision was overturned. The game will be resumed where it left off on Friday.
Southern New Hampshire (19-21, 10-18 NE-10) visits Bentley College tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.