COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College baseball team will make its live television debut on Tuesday when it visits regionally-ranked Southern New Hampshire University for a 4 p.m. doubleheader. The opener of the twinbill will be carried live on FOX College Sports from Penmen Field in Hooksett, N.H. Viewers from around the country can find their channel here.
Saint Michael's has already opposed the Penmen three times this season, losing the opener 6-4 on March 3 when Southern New Hampshire was ranked eighth in the nation. On April 4, first-year Joe Webber's (Marshfield, Mass./Bridgton Academy) grand slam in the eighth inning put the Purple and Gold on top before the homestanding Penmen scored once in each the ninth and 10th innings to claim a 5-4 victory.
The Purple Knight roster has grown to represent various areas of the country this year, including 13 New Englanders and one Québécois, but nearly as many student-athletes who hail from out of region, with five from Florida, four from in and around New York City, and one apiece from Nevada and Texas. Junior Trevor Allen (Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) bats .304 with nine doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs, while classmate Joe Robertson (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) hits .302 with nine doubles, 18 runs, 15 RBIs and nine stolen bases. First-year Cameron Kroeger (Clearwater, Fla./Countryside) has knocked in 15 runs while swatting seven doubles, classmate Iset Maldonado (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) has scored 17 runs and walked 12 times, while Webber has 13 walks, 13 steals and two homers.
Newcomers have made 26 of 32 starts on the mound. Redshirt first-year Paul Prue (Dennis, Mass./Nauset Regional/Wheaton [Mass.]) has a 3.41 earned run average and 2.68 opposing batting average while fanning 32 batters in 37 innings, first-year Alex Mendez (Fallon, Nev./Churchill County) yields a .259 opponent average over 36 frames, and classmate Zach Rodgers (Parrish, Fla./Manatee) has a staff-best 34 strikeouts in 40.1 innings with two wins. The trio has made 18 starts between them.
FOX College Sports (FCS) is a set of three nationally-distributed channels: FCS Pacific, FCS Central and FCS Atlantic. With more than 1,000 NCAA and high school events per year, FCS is seen by viewers in the nation's 25 largest markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Seattle, Minneapolis and Tampa. Key distribution partners include Charter Spectrum, Cox Communications, Frontier, Mediacom Communications, Altice and Cable One. Tuesday's game will be produced by Pack Network, a Boston-based video production company that was founded in 2007 and specializes in affordable, high-definition video solutions throughout the Northeast.
This marks the fourth straight year a Saint Michael's team appears on live television. Men's and women's basketball and men's soccer have appeared on NESNplus through Southern New Hampshire's former partnership, and women's hoops also downed defending national champion Bentley University, 64-62, on Feb. 14, 2015, in Waltham, Mass., on CBS Sports Network's NCAA Division II National TV Game of the Week.
Dan Hannigan and Jacob VanRyn will share play-by-play and color commentary duties after working together on Penmen basketball broadcasts the last four seasons. Hannigan has 20 years of experience as the University of Maine men's ice hockey radio voice and earned Maine Sportscaster of the Year honors on multiple occasions. VanRyn is a New England broadcast veteran and serves as the Northeast-10 Conference's Associate Commissioner for Strategic Communications.