MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Dave Kent (N. Falmouth, Mass.) recorded his first win of the season and freshman MacNeill Finnegan (Old Saybrook, Conn.) drove in three runs to lead the Saint Anselm College baseball team to a 7-6 triumph against Stonehill College on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Park.
The Hawks ditch an eight-game skid to improve to 10-21 on the season, including 4-10 in Northeast-10 play and 4-6 within the Northeast Division. The Skyhawks dip to 16-14, 6-7 NE-10, 2-5 NE-10 NE.
Stonehill struck first against Kent, who was making his third start of the season, in the second inning when Christian Baglini led off with a bunt single and later scored on an Eddie Bowler sacrifice fly to right.
Saint Anselm went in front for good in the second as senior Matt Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) hammered his third home run of the season to right-center to tie the game with one out before freshman Frank D'Amato (Cranston, R.I.) hit a two-out single to left-center, moved to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a walk to senior Kyle Grumoli (So. Hadley, Mass.) and scored on another wild pitch.
The Hawks then hung a five-spot in the fourth as RBI singles by freshman Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) and senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) gave Saint Anselm some breathing room before Finnegan's two-out, three run double to left-center broke things open at 7-1.
The game stayed that way until the seventh when Kent recorded two quick outs, but then ran into some trouble. Chris Hoyt singled to right-center and stole second before Brian Campbell homered to center to cut it to 7-3.
Kent made it through eight and turned it over to the bullpen for the ninth. Sophomore Seve Llanio (Glen Arm, Md.) recorded an out, but gave way to freshman Christopher Bunero (Budd Lake, N.J.) with runners on first and second. Hoyt singled to load the bases and then Bunero hit Baglini to force in the fourth Stonehill run of the day. Dan Fratus followed with a two-run single to left and suddenly the Skyhawks were within one at 7-6. Bunero settled down, however, and Anthony Pagano hit one up the middle that Bragole scooped up and flipped to second for the game-ending force.
Kent (1-1) allowed three runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking just one over 8.0 innings. Llanio was charged with two runs on a hit and a walk in 0.1 inning, while Bunero notched his first save as he worked 0.2 innings and gave up a run on two hits.
Finnegan went 1-for-3 with the three RBI and a walk, while Wojichowski was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. Lagasse went 2-for-4 with a run knocked in and Bragole was 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored.
Zach Soulier, who came into the day with a 5-1 record and 0.83 ERA for Stonehill, relinquished seven runs on nine hits, while walking five and striking out one over 3.2 innings.
The Hawks return to action Sunday, April 13 as they close out the three-game set against Stonehill with a doubleheader beginning at noon from Sullivan. 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.