Junior Mendez Notches No-Hitter, No. 14 Baseball Blanks USciences 2-0
LANTANA, Fla. – Junior right-hander Junior Mendez (Patchogue, N.Y.) of the Southern New Hampshire University baseball team struck out 15 and tossed a no-hitter as the 14th-ranked Penmen blanked University of the Sciences 2-0 Sunday afternoon. The Penmen up their record to 6-0, while the Devils are now 1-1 on the season.
Mendez hurled the second no-hitter of the season for the Penmen, as Jon Massad (Shrewsbury, Mass.) tossed one on February 22 against Chestnut Hill College. Mendez faced the minimum 27 batters as Nick Szalejko reached on an error to lead off the seventh, but was erased at home on an inning-ending 8-2 double play to keep the Devils off the board. Mendez also did not issue a walk and has struck out 26 without issuing a walk through two games.
The Penmen grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Andrew Pezzuto (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) reached on a one-out triple, then scored when Matt Boulter(Wrentham, Mass.) reached on an error. SNHU's second run came in the fifth. Riley Palmer (Goffstown, N.H.) worked a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on a wild pitch.
USciences pitcher Dan McMahon was the hard-luck loser, as he allowed just two hits in a complete-game effort while striking out nine. Palmer had SNHU's other hit, a second-inning single.
Southern New Hampshire returns to action on Monday when it faces Wilmington (Del.) University in an 11:00 am contest to be played at Lynn University.