COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team suffered a 6-5 setback in extra innings to St. Michael's College on Thursday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action in Colchester, Vt.
The Hawks finish the year at 11-32 overall and 5-22 in the NE10, while St. Michael's wrapped up its season at 4-25 and 4-23 in conference games.
Nick Bragole went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, while Tyler McKeon went 2-for-4 with two runs to lead the Hawks. Jason Turner went 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Connor Parent (1-for-5), Max Wadington (1-for-3) and Dan Bodi (1-for-4) also drove in runs.
John Lavoie was dominant in his final collegiate start, only allowing one hit in six innings of work with two walks and four strikeouts. Zane Byrne gave up two runs on three hits in an inning of work, while Preston Yerrington gave up three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. Jonathan Dunn suffered the setback, giving up a run on two hits in 0.1 innings.
Sean Winthrop led St. Michael's, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Connor Hopkins was 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored, while Drew Salk went 1-for-4 with a pair of RBI.
Colin Brennan picked up the win for the Purple Knights in relief, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts over the final three innings. Drew Farris got the start, giving up two runs on six hits in four innings, with Christian Devine allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits in three innings of work.
Saint Anselm scored the game's first runs as the Hawks plated two in the top of the fourth. Max Wadington was hit by a pitch to open the inning and Nick Bragole singled to centerfield with both runners advancing on the throw to put runners in scoring position with no outs. After the first out of the inning, Dan Bodi picked up an RBI with a groundout to short, and Jason Turner singled to drive in Nick Bragole to put the Hawks in front, 2-0.
The Hawks added one more in the sixth as Bragole and Connor Parent both singled, with Bragole coming around to score on a dropped fly ball to the second baseman to make it a 3-0 lead. Saint Anselm made it a 4-0 game when Tyler McKeon doubled with one out in the seventh and later scored on an RBI single from Wadington.
St. Michael's cut the deficit in half in their half of the seventh as Sean Winthrop and Kyle Cone singled to lead off the inning. After an out, Connor Hopkins drove in the two runs with a double to left center to make it a 4-2 game, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it to a triple. Zane Byrne avoided any more damage as he got Drew Salk to line out to centerfield to end the inning.
The Hawks picked up an insurance run in the ninth when Tyler McKeon walked and eventually put the Hawks in front 5-2 after scoring on a wild pitch.
St. Michael's wasn't done yet, however, as Winthrop doubled to lead off the bottom of the ninth and Steven Auger worked a walk to put two runners on with only one out. Hopkins singled up the middle to score Winthrop and trim the Saint Anselm lead to 5-3. The Purple Knights executed a double steal, putting runners in scoring position, and after another out, Salk doubled to the gap in left center to plate both runs and knot the game at 5-5. Jonathan Dunn came into the game and struck out Allen to send the game into extra innings.
Jason Turner reached on an error to open the 10th, but he would be stranded there as the game entered the bottom of the 10th.
It was déjà vu for the Hawks from Monday's game at Stonehill as PJ Jasak tripled to open the frame, and Harry Southworth drove him in with an RBI single to help the Purple Knights walk off with the 6-5 victory.
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