RINDGE, N.H. – Senior Matt Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) went 2-for-4 and drove in the first run of the game, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team was beaten by Franklin Pierce University, 9-2, Wednesday afternoon at Pappas Field.
The Hawks, who served as the home team for the game after it was moved to Franklin Pierce due to unplayable field conditions on the Hilltop, drop to 9-20 on the season, including 3-9 in Northeast-10 play and 3-5 in the Northeast-10 Northeast Division. The Ravens improve to 22-11, 9-4 NE-10, 4-3 NE-10 NE.
Wojichowski gave Saint Anselm a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when his two-out single to right plated freshman Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.), who just narrowly beat the tag from the catcher.
Franklin Pierce would tie it in the next half-inning against sophomore starter Tom Hudon (Merrimack, N.H.) with a two-out rally. A double to left by Chris LaVorgna and an infield single to the hole at shortstop by Matt O'Herron put runners at the corners. O'Herron then stole second, but the throw sailed into the outfield and LaVorgna came across to even things at one.
The Ravens grabbed the lead for good in the third when Justin Brock took the fourth pitch of the inning and deposited it over the fence in right. Later in the frame, Jay Jabs singled through the right side, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on Matt Walsh's double down the left field line to make it 3-1.
Franklin Pierce would double its score over the next three innings as John Razzino's two-run single up the middle in the fourth and Calvin Graves' sacrifice fly to right in the sixth brought the score to 6-1. The Ravens then broke it open in the seventh with RBI singles from LaVorgna, O'Herron and Kyle Hood.
Saint Anselm attempted to put another run on the board with the bases loaded in the ninth when junior Bobby Carkhuff (Amherst, Mass.) broke for home after a wild pitch, but the ball caromed off the backstop right back to the catcher, who flipped to the pitcher covering for the out. The other two runners moved up 90 feet, including freshman Matt Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), who advanced to third and scored the Hawks' second run of the game on a groundout to first base by sophomore Allan McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.).
Hudon (2-3) went the first 6.0 innings and allowed six runs – five earned – on 11 hits, while striking out five and walking just one. Sophomore Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.), who had only allowed one earned run in his previous 11.1 innings pitched spanning four outings entering the day, was tagged for three runs on four hits and a walk in 1.0 inning. Freshman Christopher Bunero (Budd Lake, N.J.) worked a perfect eighth, striking out one, while sophomore Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.) gave up one hit and fanned two in a scoreless ninth.
Flynn went 1-for-1 and scored a run as a pinch hitter, while classmate Frank D'Amato (Cranston, R.I.) was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
The Hawks return to action Thursday, April 10 at 3:30 p.m. when they finally open Sullivan Park in 2014 by playing host to 11th-ranked Southern New Hampshire 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.