SAINT LEO, Fla. – Taylor Perez went 5-for-5 and drove in four runs as Saint Leo University posted a 17-2 win against the Saint Anselm College baseball team on Wednesday evening at Thomas B. Southard Stadium.
The Hawks fall to 2-7 on the season, including 2-4 on their Florida trip, while the Lions improve to 11-3.
Saint Leo scored at least one run in each of the first seven innings, as well as multiple runs in six of those frames. The Lions jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first against freshman starter John Lavoie (Medford, Mass.). Perez' RBI double started the run-scoring party to make it 1-0, while his run-scoring double in the second accounted for the Lions' only run of that frame and stretched the lead to 4-0. His RBI single to center in the third capped the four-run inning and made it 8-0.
Perez did not come to the plate in a three-run fourth, but singled to start the fifth and later scored on a two-run single to right by Dylan Harris that widened the gap to 13-0 after five.
The Hawks finally pushed a run across in the sixth when senior Andrew Chandler (Westford, Mass.) pinch ran for junior Mike Hayden (Cranston, R.I.), who drew a one-out walk, and later scored on a passed ball.
Perez' RBI double highlighted a two-run sixth, while a bases-loaded grounder to second off the bat of senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) cut it to 15-2 in the seventh. Troy Sieber's two-run single to right in the bottom of the inning closed the scoring.
Lavoie (0-1) was touched up for four runs on five hits and a walk during 1.1 innings of his first collegiate start, while the bullpen duo of junior Ryan Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass.) and sophomore Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.) combined for 13 runs – 12 earned – on 14 hits, while walking six and striking out three. Freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) tossed a hitless eighth.
The Hawks return to action Thursday, March 6 at 10 a.m. against Concordia (N.Y.) College at Rollins College's Alfond Stadium. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.