MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team fell to top-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 14-3, on Friday night in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup as part of the Queen City Cup at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H.
Andy Williams (Merrimack, N.H.) suffered the setback while pitching 5.2 innings and giving up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
The Penmen took advantage of a close play at the plate to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With Zach Goldstein on third, Carson Helms lofted a fly ball to left field that was right at Aaron Crandall (Billerica, Mass.). The freshman came up firing to the plate and Allan McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) got his glove down, but Goldstein slid under the tag to give the Penmen a 1-0 lead.
SNHU added one more in the second on a homerun off the bat of Taylor Olmstead, and they scored three more times in the top of the third on an RBI double from Helms, an RBI single from Derek Bauer and another sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Gendron to take a 4-0 lead.
Jon McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) was the first base runner of the day for the Hawks as he worked a walk to open the bottom of the third inning. Nick Bragole earned the first hit of the day for Saint Anselm in the bottom of the fourth, but he was stranded at second to end the inning.
Southern New Hampshire's Olmstead hit his second homerun of the game to lead off the sixth inning and the Penmen added two more runs on a throwing error to take an 8-0 lead midway through the sixth.
The Hawks got on the board in their half of the inning as Matt Flynn started a two-out rally with a single to the first baseman before Bragole followed with a single to right field to put a pair of runners on. Paul Trabucco hit a hard groundball to the second baseman that he misplayed, allowing Flynn to score from second and give the Hawks their first run of the game.
SNHU scored six runs between the sixth and seventh innings as Manny Cruz worked a bases load walked in the sixth and Mike Mastroberti followed with a grand slam. Ryan Gendron added a homerun in the seventh to round out the scoring for the Penmen.
After Trabucco pitched a clean top of the ninth, he led off the bottom of the inning with a double to right-center. Connor Parent (Katy, Texas) and Jason Turner (Milton, Mass.) were both hit by pitches to load the bases, and John Marculitis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) picked up an RBI with a walk. Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.) drove in the final run of the game for Saint Anselm with a sacrifice fly to left that plated Parent to make it 14-3.
The Hawks host Assumption College in a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon starting at 1 p.m. and Saint Anselm will honor their eight senior baseball players in a pregame ceremony.