MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) drove in three runs on the day, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Stonehill College on Sunday afternoon at Sullivan Park. Stonehill captured the first game, 8-4, before winning game two, 10-5.
The Hawks fall to 10-23 on the season, including 4-12 in Northeast-10 play and 4-8 within the Northeast Division, while the Skyhawks improve to 18-14, 8-7 NE-10, 4-5 NE-10 NE.
In game one, Stonehill touched up senior starter Zachary Brian (Stoneham, Mass.) for five runs in the second inning. RBI singles from Eric Schneider, Anthony Pagano and Brian Hocking made it 3-0 before Billy Karalis delivered a two-run double to run the lead to five.
RBI singles from junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) and senior Matt Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) in the third cut the Saint Anselm deficit to three, but an error and a fielder's choice in the top of the fifth led to a pair of Stonehill runs that stretched its advantage to 7-2.
Morin's run-scoring double to center in the fifth and Lagasse's sacrifice fly to left in the seventh pulled Saint Anselm within 7-4. Stonehill would add another in the ninth, however, on Schneider's two-out single up the middle to widen the gap to four.
Brian (4-3) allowed seven runs – six earned – on 10 hits, while striking out two and walking none over 4.0 innings. Freshman Joseph Levasseur (Rowley, Mass.) tossed 3.1 shutout innings, giving up three hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts. Sophomore Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.) retired the only batter he faced in the eighth, while freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) was charged with a run on two hits over 1.1 innings, while fanning a pair.
Morin was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Lagasse was 1-for-2 with an RBI, run and a walk. Freshman Frank D'Amato (Cranston, R.I.) went 2-for-3 and sophomore Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.) was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Wojichowski went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk.
In game two, the Hawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout to second by Lagasse and a run-scoring single up the middle from freshman MacNeill Finnegan (Old Saybrook, Conn.). They added to their lead in the following inning on Lagasse's run-scoring single to right.
Stonehill climbed back within one in the third as Dan Fratus' two-run double to left-center made it 3-2. The Skyhawks quickly flipped the script in the third as they sent 12 batters to the plate and pushed across seven runs to take a 9-3 lead. Hocking's two-run homer to center gave Stonehill the lead for good, while a two-run double to right-center by Brian Campbell and RBI singles from Christian Baglini and Schneider broke it open.
Saint Anselm grabbed two back in the sixth on an RBI fielder's choice by senior Kyle Grumoli (So. Hadley, Mass.) and a single to left from classmate Andrew Chandler (Westford, Mass.), but Stonehill plated Campbell on a wild pitch in the seventh to break any momentum the Hawks were gathering.
Sophomore Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.) relinquished nine runs – seven earned – on 11 hits, while striking out one and walking one over the first 3.1 innings. Freshman Autrey Gates (Pembroke, N.H.) allowed one unearned run on four hits over 3.2 innings, while striking out four and walking one. Fellow freshman John Lavoie (Medford, Mass.) retired six of the seven batters he faced in the final two hitless innings.
Chandler went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while Lagasse was 1-for-5 with a pair of RBI. Grumoli was 1-for-3 with an RBI, run and a walk. Finnegan (RBI) and sophomore Thomas Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.; run) were both 1-for-4.
The Hawks return to action Tuesday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. as they travel to take on Saint Michael's College. The Hawks return home Wednesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to 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.