Baseball Taken Down By #11 Southern New Hampshire, 10-2

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) hit a two-run homer, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team fell to 11th-ranked Southern New Hampshire University, 10-2, Tuesday afternoon at Penmen Field.

The Hawks, who served as the home team for the game after it was moved across town to Southern New Hampshire due to unplayable field conditions on the Hilltop, drop to 9-19 on the season, including 3-8 in Northeast-10 play and 3-4 in the Northeast-10 Northeast Division. The Penmen improve to 22-7, 10-3 NE-10, 5-2 NE-10 NE.

Southern New Hampshire jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Brendan O'Brien scored on a wild pitch just before Riley Palmer hammered a solo home run to center off of senior starter Zachary Brian (Stoneham, Mass.). A three-run second inning with an RBI double to center by Bryan Toland and run-scoring singles from Manny Cruz and Al Stanton pushed the lead to 5-0.

Stanton's RBI double to left-center in the fourth and Matt Rabbito's run-scoring single to center in the fifth stretched the lead to 7-0, while an error, wild pitch and double to left-center from Mike Mastroberti made up a three-run sixth that brought the score to an even 10-0.

Saint Anselm found the scoring column in the seventh when freshman MacNeill Finnegan (Old Saybrook, Conn.) singled through the left side to begin a two-out rally and came home when Lagasse hit his first home run of the year over the fence in right to make it 10-2.

Brian (4-2) allowed six runs on eight hits, while striking out one and walking one in 4.0 innings. Freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) worked 1.1 innings and gave up four runs – three earned – on four hits. Classmate Christopher Bunero (Budd Lake, N.J.) retired all five batters he faced, including two by way of the strikeout, while junior Ryan Cosmopulos (Seekonk, Mass.) fired a pair of shutout innings, fanning three and walking two.

Lagasse was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored, while Finnegan (run), junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) were each 1-for-4.

SNHU starter Mike Robert threw 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just a single hit, while striking out five and not walking a batter.

The Hawks return to action Wednesday, April 9 at 3:30 p.m. as they travel to take on Franklin Pierce 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.