Offense explodes as Baseball cruises past Bentley, 17-5

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team's offense erupted for 17 runs in support of Andy Williams' first win of the season as the Hawks defeated Bentley University, 17-5, on Wednesday afternoon at Alfond Stadium in Winter Park, Fla.

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The Hawks improve to 2-6 on the season and will take on the Falcons tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. before following that up with a 1 p.m. game against Assumption. Bentley drops to 1-9 on the year with the setback.

Andy Williams tossed 7.0 innings and allowed five runs while scattering nine hits with three strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season. Preston Yerrington pitched the final two innings with one strikeout while not allowing a hit.

Offensively, eight of the nine batters in the lineup had at least one hit, with six players posting multi-hit days. Max Wadington went 5-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI, while John Marculitis and Aaron Crandall each went 3-for-6 with Marculitis driving in four runs and scoring twice and Crandall driving in a run and also scoring one.

Dan Bodi went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, five RBI and a run scored, with Nick Bragole (2-for-5) and Shaine Carpenter (2-for-4) combining for three RBI and six runs scored on the day.

The first seven batters of the game reached base as the Hawks were able to build a commanding 7-0 lead in the first frame. Shaine Carpenter had a two run single and Bodi had a two-run double, while Crandall and Matthew Flynn added RBI's for the Hawks.

Bentley struck for one in their half of the first on an RBI triple by Brandon Grover, but the Hawks tacked on one more run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Marculitis that gave the Hawks an 8-1 lead.

Saint Anselm added four runs in the top of the third as the Hawks loaded the bases before Marculitis drove in a pair with a single through the left side. Bodi followed one batter later with a two-run double to right center to make it a 12-1 lead.

Bentley would match the Hawks in their half of the third as Grover struck again with a grand slam that cleared the bases and made it a 12-5 game.

After an RBI single by Wadington pushed the Saint Anselm advantage to 13-5, Williams settled down nicely, allowing only two runners to even get into scoring position over his final four innings of work.

Saint Anselm would score four more times in the ninth on RBI singles from Bragole, Marculitis and Jon McQuarrie, while Bodi picked up his fifth RBI of the day with a run-scoring groundout.

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