WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) knocked in three runs, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team was swept by Bentley University in doubleheader action Saturday at DeFelice Field. Bentley no-hit the Hawks in a 5-0 game-one victory before taking game two, 8-6.
The Hawks slip to 12-25 on the season, including 6-14 in Northeast-10 play and 4-10 in the Northeast Division. The Falcons, meanwhile, jump to 18-10, 14-3 NE-10, 10-1 NE-10 NE.
In the first game, Bentley grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning against junior starter Dave Kent (N. Falmouth, Mass.) when Will Brennan tripled to right and scored on Tom Nagy's infield single to short.
Kent pitched well into the seventh when he sandwiched two outs around a pair of infield singles. He would not make it out of the inning unscathed, however, as four straight RBI singles from Dante Padovani, Justin Ashworth, Sean Keady and Burton Deady ran the score to 5-0. Sophomore Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.) relieved Kent and recorded a punch out to end the frame.
Bentley starter Ryan O'Connor was the story, however, as he hurled Bentley's first no-hitter since 1972. O'Connor struck out five and walked three.
Kent (1-2) allowed five runs – four earned – on nine hits, while striking out three and not walking a batter over 6.2 innings. Buck tossed 1.1 shutout innings as he gave up just one hit, fanned three and did not walk a batter.
In game two, Bentley jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning against sophomore starter Clayton Welch (Manchester, N.H.). The Falcons plated their first run when singles to begin the inning by Keady and Deady were followed by a base hit through the left side by Brennan that scored Keady after the ball was misplayed. Nagy followed with a two-run triple to center and then came around to complete the scoring when Mike Muir grounded out to short.
Saint Anselm put one on the board in the second on an RBI single through the left side by freshman Jon McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.), but Bentley answered with a run-scoring single from Deady that made it 5-1. The same thing happened in the third as Lagasse drove in a run on a double down the right field line, but Padovani came home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame to keep it a four-run game at 6-2.
Nagy led off the fourth by taking the first pitch of the inning over the fence in right-center, but the Hawks matched the run when junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) drew a four-pitch leadoff walk in the sixth and scored on a double to left by sophomore Thomas Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.).
Bentley then pushed its lead to 8-3 in the eighth on Padovani's single before Saint Anselm made it interesting in the ninth. Following two quick outs, junior Bobby Carkhuff (Amherst, Mass.) singled to center and senior Kyle Grumoli (So. Hadley, Mass.) walked, with both scoring on Lagasse's double to right-center. Morin followed with a single to left that plated Lagasse, but the tying run grounded out to end the contest.
Welch (2-6) was charged with seven runs on 11 hits, while striking out one and walking one. Freshman Autrey Gates (Pembroke, N.H.) tossed three shutout innings as he allowed two hits to go along with four strikeouts and a walk. Sophomore Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.) gave up a run on a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings. Freshman Christopher Bunero (Budd Lake, N.J.) retired the only batter he faced.
Lagasse went 2-for-5, drove in three runs and scored a run. Grumoli was 2-for-3 with two walks and a pair of runs scored, while McQuarrie and Murphy were each 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Hawks return to action Monday, April 21 at 1 p.m. when they wrap up their three-game set at Bentley. The next home game for the Hawks is Wednesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Franklin Pierce University at Sullivan Park. 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.