Fortini posts multi-hit day, Baseball falls to Ravens

RINDGE, N.H.Vincent Fortini went 2-for-3 with a run scored, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team dropped an 11-3 decision to Franklin Pierce University on Wednesday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Rindge, N.H.

Box Score

Saint Anselm (8-18, 3-9 NE10) returns to action tomorrow afternoon when they host Bentley University in a 3:30 p.m. matchup. Franklin Pierce improves to 18-9 with the win and 10-3 in league games.

Max Wadington and Nick Bragole each went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Matthew Flynn and Tyler McKeon each scored a run for the Hawks.

Jonathan Dunn suffered the setback, allowing four runs (three earned) on three hits with six walks and a strikeout in four innings of work. Max Hall gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits with a pair of walks and two strikeouts, with Elijah Fish tossing 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on two hits.

Franklin Pierce had four players post multi-hit days led by a 3-for-3 day from Adam Chase. Stephen Octave went 2-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored, while Anthony DeDona was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.

The Ravens' starter Mike Lundin earned a no-decision after giving up three runs (one earned) on four hits with three strikeouts. Tanner Bird picked up the win, striking out four in 1.1 innings, while Ryan Covelle, Sam Steeves and Adam Fournier each pitched a perfect inning.

The Hawks took advantage of some erratic pitching by the Ravens in the first as Tyler McKeon was able to reach on a wild pitch and later moved all the way to third on two more wild pitches with one out. After another out, Nick Bragole picked up his fifth RBI over the past two days with a single to third that gave the Hawks a 1-0 advantage.

Franklin Pierce got one back in their half of the first as Stephen Octave beat out a double play ball that allowed Adam Chase to score from third and tied the game at 1-1. The Ravens took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the second as Anthony DeDona tripled to lead off the inning and Kyle Hood grounded out to short to put the home team on top, 2-1.

The Ravens extended their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth as Chase picked up an RBI on a bases loaded walk before Joe Napolitano scored on a wild pitch.

Saint Anselm responded with two runs of their own in the top of the fifth as Vincent Fortini opened the inning with a double to right, and was sacrificed into scoring position by Aaron Crandall. Matthew Flynn followed with a single to third to put runners on the corners, and Fortini scored when Tyler McKeon reached on an error. Max Wadington added an RBI single up the middle to score Flynn as the Hawks trimmed the deficit to 4-3.

Franklin Pierce answered with a run of its own in their half of the fifth as DeDona singled home Octave to put the Ravens back in front 5-3. The home team plated four more in the sixth as Octave drove in a pair with a two-run single before DeDona drove in a run with another hit by pitch with the bases loaded, and Kyle Hood added a sacrifice fly to make it a 9-3 game.

The Ravens tacked on two more in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double from Dylan Jones and an RBI groundout from DeDona to finish off the scoring.

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