MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team picked up a 7-4 victory over Merrimack College in their regular season home finale on Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H.
The Hawks improve to 11-30 overall with the win, while Merrimack drops to 22-17. Saint Anselm returns to action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Stonehill for a 3:30 p.m. Northeast-10 Conference matchup.
Nick Bragole went 2-for-3, including his fourth homerun of the season, while John Marculitis was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored to lead the offense. Dan Bodi added a 2-for-4 day with an RBI and a run scored, with Shaine Carpenter going 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored.
Jonathan Dunn earned his third win of the season, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits with five walks and three strikeouts in eight innings of work. Max Hall ran into a little trouble in the ninth, allowing a run on three hits with a strikeout, but was able to pick up his first save of the year.
Merrimack was led by a 3-for-5 day from Ricky Smith. Mike Hoalcraft went 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Tyler Lyne, Joey Porricelli, Cam DiSarcina, Thomas Joyne and Ryan Petrone also added hits.
Joe Velozo suffered the setback, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings. Michael Nocera gave up four runs on two hits in only 0.1 innings, with Stephen Fleury only giving up one hit and two walks over the final 1.2 innings.
Saint Anselm jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Marculitis and Bodi both singled to lead off the inning and were sacrificed into scoring position by Tyler McKeon. Jon McQuarrie drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Marculitis, and the Hawks loaded the bases again after an Aaron Crandall single and a walk to Matthew Flynn. The Hawks took advantage of a Merrimack error to plate their second run as Max Wadington drove in Bodi on the play to make it a 2-0 advantage.
Merrimack answered with a run in the top of the fourth as the Warriors put runners on the corners with two outs following a walk to Thomas Joyce and a single by Petrone. Merrimack took advantage of a passed ball that found its way to the backstop and allowed Joyce to score to make it a 2-1 game.
The Warriors tied the game in the top of the fifth as the first three batters reached, including an RBI double by Hoalcraft, to knot the game at 2-2. After an out, the Hawks got the second out of the inning as Bodi fired home on a groundball to first to cut down DiSarcina at the plate. With runners on the corners, Joyce broke for second and Shaine Carpenter came up throwing. Flynn cut the ball off and returned the throw home, nailing Hoalcraft at the plate to end the inning and the threat.
Bragole put the Hawks ahead for good in the fifth as he lofted a low pitch over the fence in left field to put Saint Anselm in front, 3-2.
Saint Anselm added some insurance in the seventh as Carpenter drove in Wadington and Flynn with a single off of the base of the wall in centerfield. Dan Bodi added an RBI single to score Bragole, and Tyler McKeon beat a throw to first to avoid ending the inning, allowing Carpenter to score and make it a 7-2 advantage.
The Warriors got one back in the eighth as they scored on a Saint Anselm miscue to trim the deficit to 7-3, with Petrone picking up the RBI.
In the ninth, Porricelli led off the inning with a single and Max Hall was able to strike out the next batter he faced. Hoalcraft and Smith followed with back-to-back singles, and Joyce was able to drive in a run with a groundout to first to make it a 7-4 game.
Hall avoided any more damage by forcing Matt Nicholson to pop up to short to end the game.
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