MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Dave Kent (N. Falmouth, Mass.) was dominant on the mound in game one and classmates Mike Hayden (Cranston, R.I.) and Joe Morin (Salem, N.H.) put together great days at the plate as the Saint Anselm College baseball team earned a Senior Day sweep of Bentley University on Saturday afternoon at Sullivan Park. Saint Anselm posted a 7-2 victory in game one and then held on for an 8-7 win in game two.
The Hawks improve to 13-23 on the season, including 10-13 in Northeast-10 play and 7-12 in the Northeast Division, while the Falcons fall to 9-18, 7-8 NE-10, 7-8 NE-10 NE.
Bentley put up game one's first run against Kent when Zachary Littman led off the game with a single to right, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Mike Muir's triple to right-center.
Saint Anselm grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the inning with a pair of unearned runs. After back-to-back strikeouts to begin the frame, Morin singled to right and made it safely to second when Hayden hit a grounder to third that the third baseman threw into right-center field trying to cut down Morin. Morin and Hayden both moved into scoring position on the errant throw and then scored when sophomore Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) belted a triple to right-center that made it 2-1.
Another unearned run in the third made it 3-1 as Morin singled after two straight outs to begin the inning, but made it to second when the right fielder bobbled the ball and then threw a strike to second that was dropped by the shortstop. Hayden came through with a single to center to plate his classmate and give the Hawks a two-run lead.
Tom Nagy's RBI single through the left side in the fifth trimmed the Bentley deficit to 3-2, but the Hawks answered the run in the sixth as Bragole hit a leadoff double to left, moved to third on a sac bunt by freshman John Marculitis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and scored on an RBI single through the hole at short by freshman Dan Bodi (Westford, Mass.).
Saint Anselm broke it open a little more in the seventh as a base hit by freshman Shaine Carpenter (Florham Park, N.J.), a double to right-center from Morin and an intentional walk to Hayden loaded the bases with one out. Bragole reached on an error by the second baseman to score the first run and then Marculitis and Bodi were both hit by pitches to plate two more that made it 7-2.
Kent would allow a hit in the eighth and ninth, but Bentley never threatened.
Kent (2-5) went the distance, allowing two runs, scattering eight hits, striking out eight and walking three.
Bragole finished a home run shy of the cycle as he was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, while Morin was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Bodi (two RBI) and freshman Max Wadington (Burlington, Conn.) were both 2-for-3, with Carpenter going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Hayden was 1-for-3 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored.
In the second game, Saint Anselm grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning when junior Ken Morrisino (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) led off with a double to right, moved to third on Morin's single through the left side and scored on Bragole's fielder's choice grounder.
Bentley tied it in the top of the second on Ryan O'Connor's RBI single up the middle, but the Hawks went back in front in the third when Morin tried to take second on a pitch in the dirt and was thrown out at second, but stayed hung up long enough to allow Morrisino, who singled to lead off the stanza, to score.
Mike Samko's two-run single and Burton Deady's sac fly gave Bentley a 4-2 lead in the fourth, but Saint Anselm again came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning as Morrisino's RBI double to left-center and Carpenter's run-scoring single up the middle evened things at 4-all.
Bentley again went ahead on Nagy's opposite-field solo shot to right in the fifth, but the Hawks again responded by hanging a four-spot in the bottom of the frame. A Marculitis double down the left-field line and a Bodi walk began the rally before Wadington's sac bunt moved both runners into scoring positon.
Sophomore Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) came through with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game and the Hawks went in front when Bodi scored on a wild pitch. Carpenter followed with an RBI single to right-center that scored Flynn before Morrisino, who walked, went to third and then scored when the throw to the plate by the right fielder was too strong.
Bentley cut it to 8-6 in the sixth on Samko's RBI single through the right side and would leave one on in each of the next two innings before threatening in the ninth. Junior Seve Llanio (Glen Arm, Md.) entered at the start of the inning and went single-strikeout-single-strikeout-single-walk to load the bases with two outs and bring in Bentley's seventh run. With the go-ahead run in scoring position, Saint Anselm went to the bullpen and tabbed sophomore John Lavoie (Medford, Mass.), who painted the outside corner with a 1-2 fastball that was called for strike three to end the game.
Sophomore Joseph Levasseur (Rowley, Mass.) worked the first 5.0 innings, allowing six runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking two, to improve to 3-2. Junior Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.) provided 3.0 crucial shutout innings in which he gave up three hits. Llanio was charged with one run on three hits, striking out two and walking one, while Lavoie retired the only batter he faced for his first save.
Morrisino (walk, RBI, three runs) and Flynn (RBI, two runs) were each 3-for-4, while Hayden (walk) and Carpenter (walk, two RBI) were both 2-for-4.
The Hawks close out their regular season Tuesday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. when they play host to third-ranked 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.