MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat St. Michael's College, 6-4, on Tuesday afternoon in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H.
Joseph Levasseur pitched eight innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits with nine strikeouts to earn the victory. Jonathan Dunn worked around a difficult ninth inning to close out the game for his first save of the season.
Shaine Carpenter led the Saint Anselm (10-20, 5-11 NE10) offense, going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored. John Marculitis added a 2-for-4 day with an RBI, while Matthew Flynn was 1-for-2 and Max Wadington was 1-for-4 each with an RBI and a run scored. Dan Bodi scored a pair of runs in three plate appearances, with Aaron Crandall going 1-for-3.
Drew Farris suffered the setback for St. Michael's, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 5.1 innings of work. Christian Devine closed out the game giving up an unearned run on one hit in 2.2 innings.
Joe Robertson went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the Purple Knights (1-15, 1-15 NE10), while Sean Winthrop and Steven Auger each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Purple Knights struck first as Robertson singled to left center, and after stealing second, eventually scored on an RBI single by Sean Winthrop. St. Michael's added another run in the top of the fourth as Winthrop led off the inning with a double to left before scoring on an RBI single by Steven Auger.
The visitors added a run in both the fifth and sixth on RBI doubles from Joe Robertson and Harry Southworth to take a 4-0 lead.
Saint Anselm's offense woke up in the bottom of the sixth as Dan Bodi reached on an error to lead off the inning. Aaron Crandall followed with a single to centerfield before Matthew Flynn was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Max Wadington drove in the Hawks' first run of the day with an RBI single to right and after an out, Shaine Carpenter stepped in and smoked a ball down the leftfield line and under the glove of the third baseman that let Wadington and Flynn score to cut the deficit to 4-3.
John Marculitis knotted the game at 4-4 with an RBI single to right that scored Bragole. After a pitching change, Connor Parent beat out a double play ball that scored Carpenter and put the Hawks in front, 5-4.
Joe Levasseur pitched a perfect seventh inning, and the Hawks helped their senior captain out by tacking on one more run in the bottom of the frame on a sac fly from Matthew Flynn that plated Dan Bodi to make it a 6-4 game.
Levasseur worked around a single in the eighth to get out unscathed and gave way to Jonathan Dunn. Dunn hit the first two batters he faced, but rebounded to strikeout a pinch hitter before walking Connor Hopkins to load the bases. Facing Robertson, Dunn was able to induce a groundball to second base that Matthew Flynn and Max Wadington were able to turn into a double play to end the game.
The Hawks return to action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Stonehill College for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with the Skyhawks. The game was moved up from Thursday afternoon with the weather forecast looking bleak, and instead Saint Anselm is scheduled to travel to American International on Thursday.
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