MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm baseball team cranked out 12 hits but dropped a 7-3 decision to Merrimack College on Thursday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in North Andover, Mass.
The Hawks fall to 7-19 overall and 3-3 in the NE-10, while Merrimack improves to 20-10 and 4-1 in league games. Saint Anselm returns to action tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. when the Hawks host rival Southern New Hampshire University at Sullivan Park.
Paul Trabucco (Salem, N.H.) went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, while Allan McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) also registered three hits and added an RBI. Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was 2-for-4 with a run and Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Joseph Levasseur (Rowley, Mass.) suffered the setback, pitching 6.1 innings while giving up 10 hits, seven runs (four earned), with three walks and two strikeouts. Seve Llanio (Glen Arm, Md.) got the final two outs of the seventh inning and allowed a pair of hits and a walk, while Zane Byrne (Franklin, Mass.) gave up one hit in his one inning of work.
The Hawks scored first in the opening inning as Bragole and McQuarrie registered back-to-back RBI singles to give Saint Anselm a 2-0 lead. The Warriors answered right back in the bottom of the first as Cam DiSarcina stroked a two-run double down the left field line to plate a pair of runs and tie the game at 2-2.
Bragole drove in Trabucco with an RBI single to right in the top of the third to give the Hawks a 3-2 lead. Merrimack had the answer again in their half of the fourth as Tyler Lyne drove in a run with an RBI single to pull the Warriors even at 3-3.
The Warriors broke through for four runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run single by Matt Nicholson, an RBI single from Matthew Ronai, and a sacrifice fly of the bat of Bobby Losanno. The Hawks put a pair of runners on in the bottom of the ninth, but came away empty-handed as the Warriors held on for the win.