ALBANY, N.Y. – Sophomore Tom Hudon (Merrimack, N.H.) went the distance in game one to anchor a pitching staff that allowed just three earned runs all day as the Saint Anselm College baseball team won a pair of tilts against the College of Saint Rose on Thursday afternoon at Bob Bellizzi Field. The Hawks pulled out a 4-3 win in the first game before posting a 4-1 victory in game two.
The Hawks improve to 12-23 on the season, including 6-12 in Northeast-10 play, while the Golden Knights drop to 11-19, 7-6 NE-10.
Saint Anselm went up 1-0 in the first inning of game one when sophomore Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.) led off the game with a double down the left field line, moved to third on a groundout from freshman Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) and scored on a sacrifice fly to left by senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.).
Morrisino again contributed in the second as the Hawks doubled their lead on his RBI single through the right side. Saint Anselm doubled its lead again in the fourth when freshman Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) singled to right-center to plate a pair of runs that made it 4-0.
Saint Rose finally broke through against Hudon in the seventh with an unearned run after Ryan Hooker singled to lead off the frame and moved to second on a throwing error. Hudon retired three of the next four batters, but Hooker would score on Chad Adams' sac fly to right.
The Golden Knights made things interesting in the ninth when Scott Hladik hit a one-out, two-run homer to left to slice the deficit to one. Hudon induced a groundout from the next batter before Adams reached on an error to bring the winning run to the plate, but Tyler Ungerland hit a fly ball to center to end the game.
Hudon (3-3) allowed three runs – two earned – on five hits, while striking out seven and not walking a batter over 9.0 innings.
Morrisino went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and run scored, while freshman MacNeill Finnegan (Old Saybrook, Conn.) was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Flynn (two RBI) and junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) were each 1-for-4. Freshman Frank D'Amato (Cranston, R.I.) was 0-for-2, but walked twice and scored a pair of runs.
Saint Anselm once again went ahead 1-0 in the first on a Lagasse RBI – this time on his double down the right field line that plated Bragole, who was hit by a pitch. Saint Rose tied it in the fourth against freshman starter Joseph Levasseur (Rowley, Mass.) when Brian Maynard dropped down a bunt to first to execute the suicide squeeze.
The game remain tied until the eighth when sophomore Thomas Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.) drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on Flynn's sacrifice and scored on a single up the middle by freshman Jon McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.).
The Hawks grabbed a pair of insurance runs in the ninth on an RBI double to left by Finnegan, who later scored on a fielding error to make it 4-1.
Levasseur gave up just one run on seven hits, while striking out four and walking four. Freshman Christopher Bunero (Budd Lake, N.J.) faced two batters – striking out one and walking one – while sophomore Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.) earned the win by retiring the only batter he faced to end the seventh. Freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) worked 2.0 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and striking out one to collect his first save.
Finnegan went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while Lagasse was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Murphy (run) and McQuarrie (RBI) were each 1-for-3.
The Hawks return to action Saturday, April 19 in doubleheader action at Bentley University 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.