MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College senior Nick Bragole homered for the third time in the past four games, but Bentley University scored in its final at-bat to slip past the Hawks, 10-8, on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at Sullivan Park.
The Hawks drop to 9-19 overall and 4-10 in the NE10, while Bentley improved to 6-19-1 and 4-6-1 in league games with the win. The two teams will wrap up a three game set on Monday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Bragole, currently riding a six-game hitting-streak, went 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored. John Marculitis was also 2-for-5 and added a pair of RBI, while Dan Bodi was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Matthew Flynn was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, with Tyler McKeon adding a 1-for-5 day with a run.
Jared Ferris suffered the setback in relief, allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts in four innings of work. John Lavoie started the game and give up six runs (five earned) on six hits with four walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Bentley's Brandon Grover went 1-for-3, including the go-ahead three-run homerun in the top of the ninth, while driving in four and scoring twice to lead the Falcons. Peter Bocchino went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Ryan Berardino was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Jack Burke earned a no decision in the start, going six innings and allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts. Evan Walsh earned the win in relief, tossing two innings and giving up two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Ryan Corriveau picked up his third save of the season, tossing a perfect ninth inning.
Bentley loaded the bases to open the game and Austin Farry drove in the first run of the day after getting hit by a pitch. After an out, Jake Pierce singled through the right side to make it a 2-0 game before Justin Ashworth hit a sacrifice fly to give Bentley a 3-0 lead.
Back-to-back errors allowed the Hawks to put Matthew Flynn and Max Wadington on base in the bottom half of the frame, and they moved into scoring position following a wild pitch. Nick Bragole tied the game with one swing of the bat as he snuck a homerun over the wall in left center to tie the game at 3-3.
The Hawks took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second after Dan Bodi singled, stole second, and moved to third on a groundout. Matthew Flynn stepped in and singled to shortstop, allowing Bodi to come home and put the Hawks in front 4-3.
Saint Anselm added to its lead in the fourth as Tyler McKeon singled to open the inning and Dan Bodi drove him in with a double over the centerfielder's head to extend the lead to 5-3. After Bodi moved to third, Wadington hit a ball to shortstop that got through the legs of Liam Ashworth and allowed Bodi to score to give the Hawks a 6-3 lead.
Bentley answered with three runs of their own in the top of the fifth after loading the bases with two outs. Brandon Grover walked to drive in Jake Pierce before the Falcons tied the game on a wild pitch and a passed ball to make it a 6-6 game. The Falcons took the lead back in the top of the seventh as Peter Bocchino homered over the fence in left to put the visitors in front 7-6.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Bragole doubled to right center and Shaine Carpenter singled to right to put runners on the corners. John Marculitis stepped in and hit a line drive to left center that got under the glove of the centerfielder for a triple and allowed Bragole and Carpenter to score to give Saint Anselm back the lead at 8-7.
In the top of the ninth, Ferris got the first out of the inning on a fly out, but Max Troiani stepped in as a pinch hitter and singled to left field. Bocchino followed with an infield single before Brandon Grover cleared the bases with a three-run homer to put the Falcons ahead, 10-7.
Shaine Carpenter singled to open the ninth and chase Walsh from the game. John Marculitis reached on an error to put runners on first and second, and Connor Parent tried to get down a sacrifice bunt, but a nice defensive play by Bentley cut down Carpenter at third. Unfortunately, the Hawks rally came to an end as they grounded into a double play to end the game.
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