Strong pitching leads Saint Anselm to split with AIC

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team earned a split with American International College on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Bedard Field in Springfield, Mass.

Box Score Game One | Box Score Game Two

The Hawks moved to 8-14 overall and 3-7 in the NE10 by winning game one 4-2 before dropping the nightcap, 4-1, in 12 innings. Saint Anselm returns to action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to St. Thomas Aquinas for a non-league twin bill beginning at 1 p.m. AIC moves to 6-17 overall and 2-7 in conference games.

Game 1 – Saint Anselm 4, American International 2

Joseph Levasseur tossed a complete game to pick up his second win of the season as the Hawks earned a 4-2 win in the opener against AIC. Levasseur went the distance, scattering six hits over nine innings of work while allowing a pair of earned runs with a walk and four strikeouts.

He was backed by a 2-for-4 day from Max Wadington, while Tyler McKeon, Nick Bragole and Dan Bodi each went 1-for-3, with McKeon scoring a run and Bragole driving in a run. Shaine Carpenter went 1-for-4 with an RBI, with Jon McQuarrie adding the other RBI for the Hawks.

AIC's Jason Coscio allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits in eight innings of work for the Yellow Jackets. Chris Starcun picked up both RBI's with a two-run homer in the ninth for AIC.

Saint Anselm wasted little time jumping on the Yellow Jackets as three-straight singles from McKeon, Wadington and Bragole gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead with one out. With runners on the corners, Coscio tried to pick off Bragole on first, but the senior broke for second and beat the throw which allowed Wadington to come in from third and put the Hawks in front 2-0.

John Marculitis doubled with one out in the fourth and Dan Bodi singled through the middle to put runners on the corners again. Jon McQuarrie stepped in and lofted a ball to right that was dropped by the right fielder, allowing Marculitis to score from third to make it a 3-0 lead for the Hawks.

The Hawks got their final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth as Bragole led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, and he came around to score on an RBI double over the head of the centerfielder by Shaine Carpenter.

With Saint Anselm in front 4-0, Levasseur allowed only one base runner in the seventh on a single and he pitched a perfect eighth. In the top of the ninth, AIC's Josh Aviles reached on an infield single to open the frame before Levasseur forced K.J. White to fly out to center. Starcun stepped into the box and launched a two-run homer over the fence in right center to cut the Yellow Jackets' deficit in half, but Levasseur got the final two batters to ground out to himself as Levasseur picked up the win.

Game 2 – American International 4, Saint Anselm 1 (12 Innings)
The second game of the day was a pitcher's duel between Adam Krol and the staff of AIC, but the Yellow Jackets earned a 4-1 victory in 12 innings behind some timely defense and clutch hitting.

Krol lasted nine innings and allowed only one earned run on eight hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts in the no decision. Jared Ferris suffered the setback, tossing three innings and allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts of his own.

The Hawks offense was held to only five hits in the game by four pitchers for the Yellow Jackets. AIC's starter Cam Winiarz went the first five innings and allowed only two hits, and he was followed by a pair of clean innings from Ryan Bruning. Anthony Crudale also pitched a perfect inning for AIC, with Joe Pepe going the final four innings of the game and allowing one run on three hits in the win.

Matthew Flynn had two of the Saint Anselm hits, going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Max Wadington added a 1-for-4 day, while Connor Parent was 1-for-1 with a run scored and Aaron Crandall was 1-for-1 after taking over in centerfield in extra innings.

Both teams traded zeroes until the top of the ninth as AIC was able to score the game's first run. With two outs in the inning, Owen Wosleger worked a walk and advanced to second on a base hit by Pepe. Eugene Quirk followed with a slow roller to short that he beat out, but the throw from the short stop was off line and bounced to the fence, allowing Wosleger to score on the play, and put the Yellow Jackets in front 1-0.

Connor Parent led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double down the line in right field and he moved to third on a wild pitch. Matthew Flynn followed with a double over the right fielder's head that plated Parent and knotted the game at 1-1. After a sacrifice bunt from Tyler McKeon put Flynn at third, the Yellow Jackets elected to intentionally walk Max Wadington and Nick Bragole to load the bases with one out.

Shaine Carpenter stepped in and fired a rocket past the pitcher, but the second baseman was there to snag the line drive and get the second out. Pepe then worked himself out of the jam by striking out the next batter to send the game into extra innings.

In the 11th, Brendan Carter led off the inning for AIC with a double down the right field line and he moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. With the infield in, Pepe hit a hard groundball to second and Flynn went to first for the out, and Carter broke for home. Shaine Carpenter stepped off the bag and fired a strike to Jason Turner, who planted the tag on Carter and kept AIC off the scoreboard to end the inning.

The Yellow Jackets pulled ahead in the 12th behind some timely hitting from its lineup. Eugene Quirk led off the inning with a double, and he moved to third on a single by Trent Dillon to put runners on the corners with no outs. The Hawks elected to walk Josh Aviles to load the bases with nobody out to set up force outs at any base, but K.J. White singled to right field to score Quirk and put the Yellow Jackets in front 2-1. After a strikeout of Chris Starcun, Matt Krause plated two more runs for AIC with a single up the middle that made it a 4-1 game.

Saint Anselm went in order in the ninth as AIC earned the split with the extra innings victory.

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