Baseball Drops Pair of Close Games at So. Connecticut

Baseball Drops Pair of Close Games at So. Connecticut

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Kyle Grumoli (So. Hadley, Mass.) knocked in a pair of runs in game one and junior Dave Kent (N. Falmouth, Mass.) did not allow an earned run over seven innings of game two, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team dropped a Saturday doubleheader to Southern Connecticut State University at the Ballpark at SCSU. Southern Connecticut earned a 6-3 win in game one and pulled out a 4-3 victory in 11 innings in the second game.

The Hawks, who were the home team for the two games after they were moved to Southern Connecticut due to unplayable field conditions in Manchester, drop to 9-16 on the season and 3-5 in Northeast-10 play. The Owls improve to 9-9-1, 4-4 NE-10.

Southern Connecticut moved out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning against sophomore starter Clayton Welch (Manchester, N.H.) on a sacrifice fly to right by Ethan Joyce and a two-out RBI single by Kyle Holland.

Saint Anselm responded with three in the bottom of the frame, however, to take the lead. A bases-loaded groundout to second by sophomore Allan McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) plated the Hawks' first run, while Grumoli's two-out, two-run double put them in front, 3-2.

The lead would be short-lived as a T.J. Shea double, Brandon Docimo triple and Alex Wichman single each plated a run in the third to put the Owls back on top, 5-3. Southern Connecticut would add another run in the fourth on T.K. Kiernan's run-scoring single that made it 6-3.

Welch (2-4) was charged with six runs – three earned – on 10 hits, while striking out two and not walking a batter over 3.1 innings. Sophomore Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.) tossed 5.2 shutout innings in relief as he allowed three hits to go along with a walk and a strikeout.

Grumoli was 1-for-2 with the two RBI, while senior Andrew Chandler (Westford, Mass.) went 2-for-4. Senior Matt Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.; run, walk) and sophomore Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.) each went 1-for-3. Freshman Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

In the second game, Saint Anselm jumped out to a 2-0 lead on an RBI groundout by junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) and a run-scoring single from Wojichowski. The Hawks stretched the lead to 3-0 in the second on a two-out, RBI single by senior Tito Lluberes (Lawrence, Mass.).

The Owls scraped one across in the sixth against Kent on a sacrifice fly from Nick Baviello that cut it to 3-1.

The game stayed that way into the ninth inning when Shea led off with a double against sophomore Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.). Sophomore Seve Llanio (Glen Arm, Md.) relieved Walsh and was greeted with a triple from Docimo that plated Shea to bring Southern Connecticut to within 3-2. After Llanio induced a pop up and nailed down a strikeout, Will Hindinger singled to score Docimo and tie the game.

Docimo led off the 11th with a single against freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) before stealing second and moving to third on a sac bunt from Holland. Joyce then delivered a bunt single to squeeze home Docimo and give the Owls a 4-3 lead.

Senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) singled to lead off the bottom of the inning, but was thrown out trying to steal second and the Hawks went in order to end the game.

In his second start of the season, Kent allowed one run – none earned – on six hits, while striking out six and walking just one over 7.0 innings. Freshman Christopher Bunero (Budd Lake, N.J.) allowed just a hit over 0.2 innings. Walsh was tagged for a run on one hit in 0.1 innings, while Llanio gave up a run on two hits, striking out one and walking one in 2.0 innings. Latta (0-1) was charged with a run on two hits as he struck out one in 1.0 inning.

Lluberes was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Wojichowski went 2-for-4 with an RBI. McQuarrie was 1-for-3 with a run and Lagasse and freshman Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) were each 1-for-4. Bragole went 1-for-5 and scored a run.

The Hawks return to action Sunday, April 6 in doubleheader action at the University of New Haven that begins at noon. 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.