Southern New Hampshire University’s baseball season checked off a lot of boxes.
Win the Northeast-10 Conference’s Northeast Division? Sweep its way to a conference championship? Take the East Regional crown with just one loss? Yes, yes, yes. The Penmen won plenty as they worked their way to the top of the East Region and a No. 7 national ranking.
While the 2021 season took on a very different form with a late March start and conference play only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it didn’t take coach Scott Loiseau (Worcester, Mass.) very long to recognize that his club had what it took to advance to the program’s third-ever College World Series.
“I thought we were just finding our stride when we stopped playing last year, so I felt really good about these guys coming back,” said Loiseau, the NE-10’s Northeast Division Coach of the Year whose club went 28-9 and saw its stay in Cary, N.C., end with a pair of one-run losses to Seton Hill and eventual national champion Wingate, which won five straight elimination games to clinch its first-ever title.