RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team fell to Franklin Pierce University, 7-1, on Wednesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Pappas Field in Rindge, N.H.
Saint Anselm drops to 6-11 overall and 1-4 in the NE10, while the Ravens improve to 10-7 and 2-1 in league games. The Hawks are back in action this weekend when they take on cross-town rival #7 Southern New Hampshire University in doubleheaders on Saturday (12 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
John Lavoie suffered the setback for Saint Anselm, tossing five innings and allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout. Zane Byrne pitched the final three innings and gave up a pair of earned runs on four hits with a strikeout.
The Hawks had base runners in the first two innings of play as Wadington roped a single to right-center in the top of the first and John Marculitis reached in the second on a walk, but Saint Anselm was unable to push a run across.
Franklin Pierce threatened in the bottom of the second as Adam Chase reached on an infield single and later advanced to second on a passed ball. John Lavoie picked off Chase for the inning's second out, which proved vital as Richard DiMartino doubled on the next pitch. DiMartino took advantage of a passed ball to move to third, but Lavoie avoided any damage as he got Kyle Hood to line out to short to end the inning.
Nick Bragole led off the fourth with an infield single and he later stole second to get into scoring position. Franklin Pierce's Mike Lundin ended the threat, however, forcing a foul out and two groundouts to keep the game scoreless through 3.5 innings.
The Ravens struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth as the first three batters of the inning reached base to load the bases. DiMartino picked up an RBI with a groundout to plate Dalton Davis before Kyle Hood drove in Adam Chase with a sacrifice fly to give Franklin Pierce a 2-0 lead.
Franklin Pierce tacked on three more in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-0 lead with Chris LaVorgna driving in a pair with a two-run double before Davis followed with an RBI single. LaVorgna struck again in the sixth as he drove in John Friday to make it a 6-0 game.
After the Ravens took a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI double by Stephen Octave, Colin Rios led off the eighth inning with his first extra base hit of the season with a double to right center. Rios would come around to score the Hawks' first run of the game as Max Wadington stroked a single into right that got away from the right fielder and allowed Rios to come home to make it a 7-1 score.
The Hawks had a runner on first with one out in the bottom of the eighth and no outs in the bottom of the ninth, but both times Saint Anselm bounced into double plays to end the threats.
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