RINDGE, N.H. – Senior Mike Hayden (Cranston, R.I.) went 3-for-5 and knocked in a pair of runs, but it was not nearly enough as the Saint Anselm College baseball team was handed a 17-4 drubbing by third-ranked Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday evening at Pappas Field.
The Hawks drop to 9-16 on the season, including 6-6 in Northeast-10 play and 3-6 in the Northeast Division. The Ravens, who pounded out 24 hits, better their record to 31-2, 13-1 NE-10, 9-1 NE-10 NE.
Saint Anselm grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when junior Ken Morrisino (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) led off the game with a walk, reached second on a throwing error on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of freshman Shaine Carpenter (Florham Park, N.J.), moved to third on the error and scored when Hayden grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
The lead would be short-lived, however, as Jay Jabs followed a leadoff single from Maxx Sheehan and hammered a two-run shot to right that put Franklin Pierce in front. John Razzino then walked and scored on Matt Walsh's single to left-center and the Ravens had scored three runs before an out was recorded. The Ravens ran the lead to 8-1 as they scored five more runs in the inning with two outs, including a pair on Jabs' two-run triple to left-center off freshman Andy Williams (Merrimack, N.H.), who had just relieved junior starter Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.). Chris LaVorgna's three-run blast to left in the second expanded the lead to 11-1.
The Hawks answered a Franklin Pierce run in the bottom of the fifth with one of their own in the top of the sixth as freshman John Marculitis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) plated Hayden, who led off the inning with a base hit, on an RBI groundout to second.
Jabs led off the bottom of the frame with a solo home run – his second of the contest – that made it 13-2. Run-scoring singles from Rob Chooljian and Justin Hood stretched the lead to 15-2 at the end of six. The Ravens added two more in the eighth before Hayden's two-run single up the middle in the ninth closed the scoring as it plated sophomore Jon McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) and freshman Max Wadington (Burlington, Conn.), who led off the inning with a walk and single to right, respectively.
Hayden was 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) went 1-for-2 with a walk, while Morrisino was 1-for-3 with two walks and a run scored.
Buck (2-2) was tagged for seven runs on seven hits and a walk in just 0.2 innings. Williams allowed five runs on 10 hits, striking out two and walking three in 4.0 innings of work. Junior Terrence Walsh (Milton, Mass.) walked the only two batters he faced and freshman Luke Nerney (Guilford, Conn.) gave up three runs on five hits, while striking out two in 2.1 innings. Junior Clayton Welch (Manchester, N.H.) worked the final inning, relinquishing two runs – one earned – on two hits, while striking out one and walking a pair.
Mike Lundin (6-0) tossed six innings in the start for Franklin Pierce, allowing two runs – one earned – on five hits, fanning six and walking two. Jabs was 3-for-6 with a walk, five RBI and two runs scored for the Ravens.
The Hawks return to action Wednesday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. when they take on Assumption College. The next home game for the Hawks is Friday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to Bentley 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.