Baseball drops pair to Spartans on Sunday

POMONA, N.Y. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team dropped a pair of decisions to St. Thomas Aquinas on Sunday afternoon in non-league action in Pomona, N.Y. The Hawks dropped game one to the Spartans, 11-3, before falling in the night cap, 13-0 in seven innings.

Box Score Game One | Box Score Game Two

The Hawks fall to 8-16 overall and will return to Northeast-10 Conference action on Tuesday afternoon when they host Merrimack College at 3:30 p.m.

Game One – St. Thomas Aquinas 11, Saint Anselm 3

The Hawks offense pushed across three runs against the Spartans in game one, but Saint Anselm was held to just five hits in the 11-3 setback. Nick Bragole, Jon McQuarrie and Dan Bodi each went 1-for-4, with Bragole scoring a run and Bodi picking up an RBI. Colin Rios was 1-for-3 with a run, while John Marculitis was 1-for-1 and drew a pair of walks.

John Lavoie suffered the setback, tossing four innings while allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits with six walks and three strikeouts. Max Hall pitched the final four innings, giving up six runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.

The Spartans were led by a 4-for-4 day from Joseph Pena, who also drove in a pair and scored three times. Mark Shkrelja went 2-for-5 with a run scored and five RBI. Alex Mack picked up the win, going six innings and giving up two runs on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Saint Anselm scored twice in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Dan Bodi, with Bragole also crossing the plate on a wild pitch. They would add one more run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Max Wadington that plated Colin Rios.

Game Two – St. Thomas Aquinas 13, Saint Anselm 0 (7 Innings)
Tyler McKeon led the Saint Anselm offense with a 2-for-3 day in game two, but the Hawks fell in the second part of the twin bill to the Spartans, 13-0. Nick Bragole and Mike Goddu each went 1-for-3, with Goddu picking up his first collegiate hit in the game. Connor Parent also went 1-for-2, while Jason Turner was 1-for-1.

Preston Yerrington tossed three innings in the defeat, giving up seven runs (six earned), on six hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Elijah Fish also pitched three innings, giving up six runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Chris Cepeda picked up the win for the Spartans, going five innings and scattering four hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Chris Pennell and Gregory Morano each pitched an inning and struck out a batter in relief.

The Hawks had a scoring chance in the top of the third as McKeon singled with Turner on base, and the two runners moved into scoring position on an error by the Spartans. With two outs, Cepeda forced a fly out to end the threat.

Saint Anselm put runners on in the fifth as Turner reached on an error and Matthew Flynn worked a walk, but the rally was thwarted again by the Spartans as they got the final out of the inning on a groundout.

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