WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) went 7-for-9 on the day, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team lost a pair of games to the University of New Haven on Sunday at Frank Vieira Field. New Haven won the first game, 7-3, and captured game two, 12-6.
The Hawks, who were the home team for the two games after they were moved to New Haven due to unplayable field conditions in Manchester, drop to 9-18 on the season and 3-7 in Northeast-10 play. The Chargers improve to 8-7, 5-6 NE-10.
Saint Anselm went up 1-0 in the first inning of game one on an RBI double to left by senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) that scored sophomore Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.), who led off the frame with a single up the middle.
New Haven moved into the lead for good when it took advantage of a Saint Anselm error to tie the game and received a run-scoring single up the middle from TJ Riccio to make it 2-1. An RBI single to center from Chris DeMorais in the fourth nudged the lead to 3-1 before a two-run single to the gap in left-center by Tom Walraven widened the margin to 5-1 in the fifth.
The Hawks grabbed one back in the bottom of the fifth when Lagasse singled to right, stole both second and third and then scored on Morin's single to center. Morin answered a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Walraven with another RBI single in the bottom of the stanza to cut it to 6-3, but Zach Collett closed the scoring with a run-scoring double to left in the eighth. Collett was gunned down at the plate by Lagasse on the next play to end the inning as he tried to score on Riccio's base hit through the right side.
Freshman Joseph Levasseur (Rowley, Mass.) started and allowed three runs – two earned – on seven hits, while walking four and striking out two over 3.2 innings. Classmate Bryan Even (Great Falls, Va.) gave up two runs on three hits and a pair of walks in 1.1 innings, while fellow freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) worked the final 4.0 innings and relinquished just two runs – one earned – on five hits to go along with a strikeout.
Morin went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI, while Lagasse (RBI, run, walk) and Morrisino (two runs, walk) were each 2-for-4.
The Chargers moved out to 1-0 lead in the top of the first of game two on DeMorais' RBI double to right-center, but the Hawks answered with two in the bottom of the frame as they capitalized on a pair of New Haven errors with two outs. A double to left-center by Morin tied it before a single through the right side from senior Matt Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) put Saint Anselm up, 2-1.
New Haven broke it open in the third by hanging a 10-spot – highlighted by two-run doubles from Kyle Cullen and Brendan O'Reilly, as well as a two-run single from Jason Lewicki. The Hawks closed the gap a bit in the bottom of the third on Wojichowski's two-run single through the right side, but Walraven's RBI ground out to second made it 12-4 in the fourth.
Saint Anselm plated single runs in the seventh and ninth innings to pull closer. Lagasse's single to center brought home Morrisino after an error by the centerfielder and Wojichowski's sac fly to center closed the scoring in the ninth.
Freshman Autrey Gates (Pembroke, N.H.) started and lasted 2.1 innings as he relinquished nine runs on 10 hits, while walking two and striking out one. Sophomore Mack Flynn (Windham, N.H.) worked 1.2 innings and allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits to go along with a strikeout. Freshman John Lavoie (Medford, Mass.) tossed 5.0 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and fanning a pair.
Morin went 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Wojichowski was 2-for-3 with four RBI and a walk. Lagasse went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs. Morrisino was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Freshman Frank D'Amato (Cranston, R.I.) went 1-for-2 and scored a run as a pinch hitter for classmate Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.), who was 1-for-3.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. when they (hopefully) play host to Southern New Hampshire University at Sullivan Park. 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.