FROM CBB NEWS SOURCES
SMITHFIELD, RI – The Bryant University baseball team took Northeast-10 rival Southern New Hampshire for 15 runs off 18 hits, batting around in the fifth inning, en route to the Bulldogs’ second shutout of the season, 15-0, Thursday at the Bryant Baseball Complex.
Bryant went up 3-0 by the end of the fourth, scoring one in the bottom of the first and two more in the fourth frame, before exploding for a nine-run, seven-hit fifth inning that saw the Bulldogs (14-10, 4-1 Northeast-10) bat around – and seal a 2008 regular-season sweep of Southern New Hampshire (2-11, 0-5).
The seven-hit top of the fifth frame featured as trio of trios: three stolen bases – one each from Dylan Stone (Portsmouth, RI), Pat McKenna (Orange, Conn.) and Mark Dondero (Medfield, Mass.), three doubles – from Dave Muscatello (Hopkinton, Mass.), Jason Alexander (Simsbury, Conn.) and Nick Campbell (Raynham, Mass.), and three passed balls (complemented by a wild pitch).
Twelve hitters completed at bats in the inning, while Stone, who led off the inning with a single to centerfield and singled again later in the inning, and Campbell, who knocked a double to the same place, both scored twice.
But Bryant wouldn’t stop with the 12-0 lead they boasted entering the sixth. The Bulldogs scored twice more in the bottom of the seventh frame and again the eighth, completing the shutout of the Penmen.
Five Bulldogs notched multi-base hits, led by Stone’s 3-for-3 performance with two runs and an RBI. Campbell also had three hits in his five at bats, registering a trio of RBI and runs scored.
The Penmen totaled seven hits on the day, led by 2-of-5 performances by Timothy Rines and Bill Murray.
Junior righty Kevin Cobb (Acton, Mass.) moved to 4-2 with the win, tossing six innings of five-hit ball and notching six strikeouts. Ryan Quinn took the loss for Southern New Hampshire, allowing 10 runs off 10 hits and moving to 0-2 on the year.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday, March 29 as they travel to Albany, NY and take on The College of Saint Rose in a Saturday doubleheader before returning home to finish the series Sunday at 1 p.m.