MANCHESTER, N.H. – Saint Anselm College honored the eight members of its senior class on Saturday afternoon, but Assumption College played spoiler as the Greyhounds swept a Northeast-10 Conference baseball doubleheader, 10-7 and 8-1, at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H.
In a pregame ceremony, the Hawks honored seniors Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.), Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Paul Trabucco (Salem, N.H.), Clayton Welch (Manchester, N.H.), Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.), Tom Hudon (Merrimack, N.H.), Seve Llanio (Glen Arm, Md.) and Allan McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) for their contributions to Saint Anselm and its athletic department.
The two teams wrap up the three game series tomorrow morning in a game moved up to an 11:30 a.m. start due to impending rain in the forecast.
Assumption 10, Saint Anselm 7 | Box Score
The Hawks (8-33, 3-21 NE-10, 3-16 NE-10 NE) overcame a 7-1 deficit after three innings to tie the game at 7-7 in the sixth, but the Greyhounds (16-23, 11-14 NE-10, 7-10 NE-10 NE) scored a run in each of the final three innings to pull out the 10-7 victory.
Jon McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI's and two runs scored to pace the Hawks offense. Aaron Crandall (Billerica, Mass.) went 1-for-4 with three RBI's, while Max Wadington (Burlington, Conn.) went a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk.
Tom Hudon suffered the setback while pitching seven innings and surrendering eight runs (five earned) on 11 hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Paul Trabucco pitched the final two innings, scattering three hits and giving up two runs, only one of which was earned.
Assumption's Andrew Jaehnig went 3-for-5 with three RBI's, with Trevor McQuade adding a 4-for-4 day with an RBI and a run scored. McQuade, Hunter Tralli and Jake Byrne each went deep in the game and combined for four RBI's.
The Greyhounds jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first two innings with Jaehning driving in a run in the first with an RBI double and Assumption tacking on five more in the second inning. Byrne homered after Colin Clancy reached to open the second before McQuade scored on a failed pick-off attempt. Jaehning added two more RBI's to his total with a two-run single up the middle.
Saint Anselm got a run back in the bottom of the second as Aaron Crandall drove in Jon McQuarrie with an RBI single to right.
After the Greyhounds took a 7-1 lead on a McQuade homer in the third, the Hawks started their comeback in the bottom of the fourth when Paul Trabucco led off the inning with a walk. Allan McQuarrie followed with a triple over the center-fielder's head to plate Trabucco, and Jon McQuarrie knocked a triple over the head of the right-fielder to plate his brother and cut the deficit to 7-3. Crandall then picked up his second RBI of the day with a groundout that made it a 7-4 game.
Crandall struck again in the fifth with a sacrifice fly to make it a two-run game, and the Hawks pulled even in the bottom of the sixth as Trabucco and Jon McQuarrie both worked bases-loaded walks to tie the game at 7-7.
Hunter Tralli broke the tie with one swing of the bat, hitting a towering homerun to left-center field that made it an 8-7 game. Michael Panza and Colin Clancy each picked up sacrifice flies in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to round out the scoring.
Assumption's Geoffrey Kayo picked up his first win of the season in relief, tossing the final four innings and allowing only one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Assumption 8, Saint Anselm 1 | Box Score
Game two started out as a pitcher's duel between Joseph Levasseur (Rowley, Mass.) and Assumption's Kyle Chudoba, but the Greyhounds scored six runs over the final four innings to pull away for the 8-1 victory.
Levasseur was strong on the mound as he put in eight innings of work while scattering 10 hits and allowing four earned runs with six strikeouts. Unfortunately, he was outdueled by Chudoba, who tossed a complete game and gave up only one run on eight hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts.
Jon McQuarrie continued his hot hitting at the plate as he picked up two more hits in game two, going 2-for-4. Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was also 2-for-4, while Ken Morrisino, Trabucco, Allan McQuarrie and John Marculitis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) also picked up hits.
Assumption's Mike Coggeshall and Andrew Jaehning combined to go 6-for-10 with six RBI's and three runs scored to lead the Greyhounds. Trevor McQuade and Alex Richardson each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while McQuade added an RBI.
Jaehning picked up where he left off in game one as he put Assumption on top 1-0 in the opening inning with an RBI double to left-center. The Hawks got the run back in the bottom of the second as Matthew Flynn hit a rocket to second base that was knocked down, but a play could not be made, allowing Marculitis to score to tie the game at 1-1.
The Greyhounds pulled ahead for good in the bottom of the third as Coffeshall drove in Richardson with an RBI double to left center to make it a 2-1 game.
Both pitchers settled into a groove over the next 2.5 innings as Levasseur did not allow a baserunner and Chudoba only gave up a pair of hits. Assumption finally got to Levasseur in the top of the sixth when Jaehning hit a two-out homerun to left center to give the Greyhounds a 3-1 lead.
Clancy extended the lead to 4-1 with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, and the Greyhounds used a solo homerun from McQuade and a three-run homer from Coggeshall in the ninth to pull away for the 8-1 victory.