WINTER PARK, Fla. – Junior Mike Hayden (Cranston, R.I.) went 5-for-9 and drove in two runs, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team dropped a pair of games at Rollins College's Alfond Stadium on Tuesday. The Hawks fell to the College of Saint Rose, 6-1, before dropping an 8-3 decision to Rollins in the nightcap.
The Hawks fall to 2-6 on the season, including 2-3 on their Florida trip. The Golden Knights, who flipped the script on Saint Anselm after suffering a 6-1 defeat against the Hawks on Saturday, improve to 3-8, while the Tars even their record at 7-7.
In game one against Saint Rose, The Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead when senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) drew a walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Hayden's infield single.
That would be all the offense the Hawks could muster against Saint Rose starter Phillip Zdanowski (1-1), who gave up one run on two hits, while striking out eight and not walking a batter over 5.0 innings.
The Golden Knights' offense, meanwhile, would get to freshman starter Joseph Levasseur (Rowley, Mass.) with two runs in the third. Mike Flynn led off with a triple down the left field line and scored to tie the game on Derek Reed's sacrifice fly to right. After Levasseur induced another fly out, a walk to Scott Hladik and a single to right by Zac Bellinger put two on with two out. Brian Maynard came through with a single to right-center that scored Hladick, but Bellinger was cut down at the plate when freshman MacNeill Finnegan (Old Saybrook, Conn.) hit senior Kyle Grumoli (So. Hadley, Mass.), who turned and fired to sophomore Thomas Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.) at home for the inning-ending out.
A two-out RBI single through the left side by Patrick Griffin in the top of the sixth stretched the lead to 3-1 before two in the eighth and one in the ninth against the Saint Anselm bullpen helped seal the victory.
Levasseur (0-1) tossed 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on eight hits, while striking out six and walking just one. Sophomore Mack Flynn (Windham, N.H.) worked a scoreless seventh as he gave up just one hit. Classmate Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.) was tagged for a run on one hit in 0.2 innings, while freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) faced three batters and did not record an out as he was charged with an unearned run on a hit and a walk. Fellow sophomore Seve Llanio (Glen Arm, Md.) pitched 1.1 innings and relinquished a run on two hits, while fanning a pair.
Hayden went 1-for-5 with the RBI, while Lagasse was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.; 1-for-3) and freshman Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.; 1-for-4) had the Hawks' other two hits.
In game two against Rollins, the Hawks once again scored first as Finnegan led off the second with a single through the left side and scored when Bragole tripled to the gap in left-center. Sophomore Allan McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) grounded out to short to plate Bragole and make it 2-0.
Rollins grabbed one back in the third against freshman starter Autrey Gates (Pembroke, N.H.) when Hunter Mayfield doubled to right-center and scored on Christopher Corbett's base hit to left.
The Hawks moved ahead, 3-1, in the fifth when freshman Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) led off with a single to right and later scored on Hayden's single up the middle.
After pitching through five strong innings with a two-run lead, the wheels fell off for Gates in the sixth. After recording the first out of the inning, Gates allowed back-to-back singles and then hit a batter to load the bases before walking Mayfield to plate the Tars' second run of the game.
Freshman Christopher Bunero (Budd Lake, N.J.), who was fresh off two scoreless innings the previous night, entered in relief of Gates and went wild pitch-walk-wild pitch to bring in two more, before Bryan Perlmutter hit a sac fly to center to bring in the fourth run of the inning and give Rollins a 5-3 lead.
A Mike Purcell RBI single in the seventh and a two-run double by Christian Coburn in the eighth broke the game open.
In his first collegiate start, Gates allowed five runs on six hits, while striking out three and walking two in 5.1 innings. Bunero, despite allowing all three inherited runners to score, worked a hitless 0.2 innings, striking out one and walking one. Freshman Bryan Even (Great Falls, Va.) worked the final two frames and gave up three runs – two earned – on four hits, while walking two and fanning one.
Hayden was 4-for-4, while Bragole went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Flynn was 1-for-3 with a run and McQuarrie (RBI) and Finnegan (run) were each 1-for-4.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, March 5 at 6 p.m. when they take on Saint Leo University. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, including game previews and recaps, directly from the Saint Anselm College athletic department by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @STAHawks.