Penmen open NE-10 tournament with walk-off win

HOOKSETT, N.H. — NCAA Division II powerhouse Southern New Hampshire began its Northeast-10 title defense at Penman Field with a pitcher’s duel against Bentley on Tuesday that resulted in a 10-inning walk-off win over the Bentley Falcons in the first round of the Northeast-10 baseball tournament.

Penman starter Mitchell Powers went 10 innings allowing only one hit and one run, a solo home run by Max Troiani to give the Falcons a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning.

The No. 5 Penmen got the bases loaded in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Bentley was able to get out of the inning with the lead intact by getting the force out at home on a throw from third baseman Peter Bocchino and getting Kyle Pangallo to fly out to right-center field.

Only a total of four hits were allowed going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Bentley walked two runners on base. Pangallo tied the game with an RBI base hit but Bentley got the third out at home to end the inning.

Zach Goldstein reached base on the bottom of the eighth after his ground ball skipped passed the second baseman. He then advanced to third base on a fielding error but was stranded there after a pop up ended the inning.

Both starters went the distance through nine innings and the first one to blink was going to lose. Bentley’s Bill Sullivan went nine innings, allowing one run on five hits, but he was not sent back to the mound in the tenth inning only to watch Derek Bauer deliver the walk-off hit.

The Penmen won the NE10 conference championship last year and the Penmen continued their dominance throughout the regular season by going 40-7. SNHU advanced to the double-elimination phase of the NE-10 tourney, hosted by the University of New Haven. The Penmen will take on New Haven on Thursday.

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