HARTFORD, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team suffered a pair of one-run setbacks to #7 Southern New Hampshire University on Sunday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at the Trinity Baseball Field in Hartford, Conn.
The Hawks (6-13, 1-6 NE10) dropped a 2-1 decision in game one to the Penmen (17-5, 5-1 NE10) before wrapping up a late night with a tough 5-4 loss in 11 innings to their crosstown rival.
Saint Anselm is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday against St. Michael's, but due to the recent weather, the game may be rescheduled. Stay tuned to SaintAnselmHawks.com for updates on any schedule changes.
Game One - #7 SNHU 2, Saint Anselm 1
The Penmen slipped past the Hawks in game one, 2-1, as the two teams were locked in a pitcher's duel to open the night. Saint Anselm's Joseph Levasseur pitched a complete game, going all eight innings while allowing only two runs (one earned) on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. He was edged by SNHU's Alex Person, who went nine innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
SNHU struck first with two outs in the bottom of the third as Zach Goldstein reached on a single and then advanced to second on a walk to Kyle Pangallo. John Stanton followed with an RBI single that plated Goldstein and gave the Penmen a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks answered in the top of the fourth with Bodi and Marculitis reaching to lead off the inning with a walk and a single. After an out, Fortini reached on a fielder's choice and an error by the pitcher, allowing Bodi to score from second and knot the game at 1-1.
Both offenses went quiet over the next few innings until the Penmen loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth. Stanton reached on an error, and after a strikeout by Levasseur, Derek Bauer was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Levasseur got another out, but then walked Robert Fulkerson and Cam Oliveira to force in a run and put the Penmen on top, 2-1.
With the lead in hand, SNHU's Person retired the final nine batters of the game to secure the one-run victory.
Game Two - #7 SNHU 5, Saint Anselm 4 (11 INN)
In the late-night cap, a back-and-forth battle between the two rivals ended with the Penmen pulling out a 5-4 win in 11 innings.
Autrey Gates posted the Hawks' second strong start of the night as he lasted seven innings and allowed two runs on eight hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Jared Ferris allowed one run in a third of an inning, while Adam Krol finished the eighth by getting two outs. Preston Yerrington went the final 2.2 innings and gave up two runs on three hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts in the setback.
Matthew Flynn led the Saint Anselm offense, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Aaron Crandall and Jason Turner each went 1-for-4 with a run scored, while Dan Bodi and Connor Parent were also 1-for-4 with Parent driving in a pair.
The Hawks took an early 3-0 lead to start game two as Flynn and Crandall singled to lead off the game and Saint Anselm loaded the bases on a walk to Max Wadington. John Marculitis plated Flynn with a sacrifice fly before Connor Parent drove in a pair with a two-run double to put the Hawks in front early.
SNHU got two runs back in the bottom of the sixth when Caleb Potter singled to lead off the inning and Derek Bauer doubled to put two runners in scoring position with no outs. Ryan Sullivan made it a 3-1 game with a sacrifice fly before Joshua Zbierski cut the deficit to 3-2 with an RBI groundout.
Saint Anselm nearly got an insurance run across in the top of the seventh as Bodi led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a passed ball with no outs. SNHU's Nick Artymowicz worked out of the jam, however, getting a groundout and a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.
The Penmen took advantage of a lead-off walk in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game with Potter earning the free pass and advancing to second on a wild pitch. Potter moved to third on a groundout and came in to score on an RBI single by Ryan Sullivan. Krol came on to replace Ferris and was able to work out of a bases-loaded jam to keep it a tie game.
Preston Yerrington and Stephen Fortuna traded zeroes on the mound for both teams until the top of the 11th when Jason Turnver greeted the new SNHU pitcher, Brendan Welch, with a lead-off double. Flynn followed with an RBI single that put Saint Anselm in front 4-3, and he would later steal second, but was stranded there to end the inning.
Yerrington got two quick outs to start the bottom of the 11th, but Caleb Potter singled and Bauer followed with a walk to put two runners on. Kevin Alexy pinch hit for Sean Webster and came through with a walk-off two-run double that sent the Hawks home with a heart-wrenching 5-4 setback.
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