MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team walked-off with a 5-4 victory over visiting Post University in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon in Manchester, N.H. The Hawks have now won three-straight games to improve to 6-13 overall, while the Eagles fall to 6-17.
Senior Paul Trabucco (Salem, N.H.) pitched a perfect top of the ninth inning and then drove in the game-winning run with a single to second base in the bottom of the frame to earn the win. Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.) went 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored, while Nick Bragole (Newburyport, Mass.) was a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Hawks.
Six different pitchers took the mound for Saint Anselm with the starter Andy Williams (Merrimack, N.H.) tossing the first two innings and giving up only one hit while striking out four. Adam Krol (Sunderland, Mass.) pitched the next two innings, allowing two runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts. Jonathan Dunn (Nashua, N.H.) took over in the fifth inning and allowed only one hit and one run in two innings of work. Zane Byrne (Franklin, Mass.) pitched a perfect seventh inning before giving way to Clayton Welch (Manchester, N.H.) who allowed one run on one hit.
Erik Rodriguez led the Post offense going 2-for-4 with a homerun. Alex Wright and Mike Munson each went 1-for-4 with homers, with Munson's a two-run blast. Tyler Kovalewich tossed seven innings and scattered nine hits while giving up four runs (three earned) in a no decision. Ethan Szabo suffered the setback, pitching in the eighth inning and then lasting one batter into the ninth which would prove to be the winning run.
After the first three innings went scoreless, Post finally broke through in the top of the fourth as Munson launched a two-run homer to left that scored Maxime Robillard and put the Eagles on top 2-0.
Saint Anselm answered right back in their half of the fourth as Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.) led off the inning with a single and came around to score on a double by Morrisino. After an out, Nick Bragole doubled to right center to knot the game at 2-2 as Morrisino came in to score.
Adam Krol was able to get the first two outs of the fifth before Erik Rodriguez lofted a homerun over the fence in left to put the Eagles back on top, 3-2.
Bragole led off the bottom of the sixth with a single off the hand of Kovalewich, and after a sacrifice bunt from Shaine Carpenter (Florham Park, N.J.), Allan McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) worked a walk to put runners on first and second with one out. Jon McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) followed with an infield single to load the bases and John Marculitis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) hit a ball off of Kovalewich and beat the throw to first, allowing Bragole to score from third. On the same play, the throw from second was mishandled by the first baseman and Allan McQuarrie scored all the way from second to put the Hawks on top 4-3.
After a quiet seventh for both sides, Alex Wright tied the game for Post with a towering homerun to right field that made it a 4-4 game.
In the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Aaron Crandall (Billerica, Mass.) singled to center and chased Ethan Szabo from the game. Matthew Flynn (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) sacrificed Crandall over to second, but Crandall was thrown out at third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Sean Doherty (Haverhill, Mass.). Doherty eventually stole second and moved to third on a single by Morrisino.
With runners on the corners and Trabucco at the plate, Morrisino took off for second base, drawing the second baseman toward the bag. Trabucco placed a groundball between first and second forcing the defender to come all the way back towards first, and he could not make a play as Trabucco was safe and Doherty scored from third and give the Hawks the walk-off victory.
Saint Anselm returns to Northeast-10 Conference action on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader at Southern Connecticut State University starting at 12:00 p.m.