Baseball Comes Up Short Against Franklin Pierce, 10-6

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Junior Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) went 2-for-4 and drove in a run, but the Saint Anselm College baseball team, despite pushing across four runs in the ninth, fell to Franklin Pierce University, 10-6, Wednesday afternoon at Sullivan Park.

The Hawks drop to 12-28 on the season, including 6-16 in Northeast-10 play and 4-12 within the Northeast Division. The Ravens, meanwhile, improve to 28-14, 15-6 NE-10, 10-5 NE-10 NE.

Franklin Pierce jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a Matthew O'Herron sacrifice fly to left that scored Matt Walsh, who led off the frame with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a sac bunt by Marty Dunlap.

The Ravens scored three more in the third on RBI singles from John Razzino and Walsh, as well as one of Saint Anselm's six errors on the day. Franklin Pierce then doubled its lead with four runs in the fifth. A run-scoring single from Walsh, an RBI double to right-center by O'Herron and a Jay Jabs sac fly to right provided the first three runs before another Saint Anselm error made it 8-0. Razzino's sac fly to left in the sixth inning pushed the lead to 9-0.

Saint Anselm finally made it onto the scoreboard in the seventh when back-to-back doubles from senior Dan Lagasse (Londonderry, N.H.) and Morin to lead off the stanza cut it to 9-1. An RBI groundout back to the pitcher by junior Bobby Carkhuff (Amherst, Mass.) plated the Hawks' second run.

After two more errors led to the Raven's 10th run in the eighth, Saint Anselm made things a little interesting against the front end of the Franklin Pierce bullpen in the ninth. Following a leadoff walk to freshman Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Lagasse was hit by a pitch and Morin singled through the left side to load the bases. Senior Matt Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) was then hit by a pitch to bring in the first run of the inning.

Back-to-back wild pitches brought Lagasse and Morin across the plate before Carkhuff's RBI groundout to shortstop cut the deficit to 10-6. With two outs later in the inning, freshman Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) was hit by a pitch and sophomores Thomas Murphy (Chelmsford, Mass.) and Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.) drew consecutive walks to re-load the bases. The Ravens went to their closer, Doug Willey, however, who recorded a game-ending strikeout.

In addition to his 2-for-4 and one RBI day, Morin also scored a pair of runs. Lagasse was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored, while Bragole had the other Saint Anselm hit and was 1-for-3.

Sophomore Tom Hudon (Merrimack, N.H.) worked the first 5.0 innings and allowed eight runs – seven earned – on nine hits, while striking out four and walking two. Freshman Cameron Latta (Lowell, Mass.) allowed one unearned run on three hits over 2.0 innings, while John Lavoie (Medford, Mass.) did not give up a hit, but was charged with one unearned run to go along with two strikeouts and a walk in 2.0 innings. Lavoie has now thrown 11.0 innings without relinquishing an earned run.

The Hawks return to action Thursday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. as they travel to take on Saint Michael's College. The next home game for the Hawks is Saturday, April 26 when they play host to Assumption College in doubleheader action beginning 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.