Baseball drops pair of 5-4 decisions to Saint Rose

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team suffered a pair of late-inning 5-4 setbacks to the College of Saint Rose on Sunday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference baseball action at Sullivan Park in Manchester, N.H.

Saint Rose 5, Saint Anselm 4 (11 INN) | Box Score

The Hawks (6-18, 2-6 NE-10) took advantage of some early miscues by the Golden Knights (8-10, 4-1 NE-10) as Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.) reached on a throwing error to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Ken Morrisino (East Longmeadow, Mass.), Paul Trabucco (Salem, N.H.), and Shaine Carpenter (Florham Park, N.J.) followed with three-straight singles, the last driving in McKeon to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead. Another error by Saint Rose led to a second run for the Hawks, and Jon McQuarrie (Salem, N.H.) drove in the final run of the inning with a single to third to stake Saint Anselm to a 3-0 lead.

Saint Rose got one back in the top of the second as Joe DeLuca scored on a sacrifice fly from Matt Flynn to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Hawks loaded the bases again in the top of the second and extended their lead to 4-1 when McKeon scored his second run of the game coming in the back door on a double play ball.

The Golden Knights put runners in scoring position in the bottom of the fourth as Tyler Ungerland reached on a single and DeLuca worked a walk. A sacrifice bunt moved the two into scoring position and Chris Introcaso came through with a sacrifice fly to cut the Hawk lead in half at 4-2.

Saint Rose threatened again in the top of the eighth as Sean Maki reached to lead off the inning on an error and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Derek Reed followed with a single to left to put runners on the corners before Nick Venier followed with an RBI single to right that plated Maki and made it a 4-3 game. Tyler Ungerland was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Seve Llanio (Glen Arm, Md.) came into the game to replace Tyler Buck (Franklin, Mass.). Llanio struck out DeLuca to get the second out of the inning and then forced an easy groundout to second to escape the inning with the one run lead intact.

Llanio ran into trouble in the ninth as Flynn hit a one-out double down the line in right and Alec Caprarella hit a pinch hit single to the same field that scored Flynn and made it a 4-4 game headed to the bottom of the ninth.

Jon McQuarrie led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk and he moved to second on a sac bunt. With two outs, McKeon singled up the line at third to put runners on the corners, but Carmine Vricciariello forced Morrisino to ground out to second and the game spilled into extra innings.

After a quiet 10th inning, DeLuca worked a walk and eventually moved to second base on a sacrifice. After Llanio got the second out on a fly out, Flynn stroked a single to centerfield and DeLuca came around to score to put the Golden Knights in front 5-4. Joe Pokrentowski came in to pitch the 11th inning and retired Saint Anselm in order to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Tyler Buck earned a no decision, tossing 7.1 innings and allowing five hits, three runs (two earned), with a pair of strikeouts and three walks. Seve LLanio suffered the setback, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up two earned runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Paul Trabucco went 2-for-5 with a run scored while Tyler McKeon and Ken Morrisino each went 1-for-4 and combined for three runs scored. Shaine Carpenter was 1-for-5 with an RBI and Jon McQuarrie was 1-for-4.

Saint Rose 5, Saint Anselm 4 | Box Score

Saint Rose took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth after loading the bases on a Saint Anselm error and back-to-back bunt singles from Reed and Venier. The Golden Knights took advantage of another misstep later in the inning as Patrick Griffin came home from third to make it a 1-0 game. Saint Rose pushed another run across on a fielder's choice to go up 2-0, but Andy Williams (Merrimack, N.H.) worked out of anymore trouble by getting a groundball and a fly out to end the inning.

The Hawks answered right back in their half of the fifth as Vincent Fortini (Southwick, Mass.) hit a single to left and advanced to second when the left fielder misplaced the ball. Jason Turner (Milton, Mass.) followed with a single down the left field line, allowing Fortini to score from second and cut the deficit to 2-1. Connor Parent (Katy, Texas) earned a walk and after an out, Aaron Crandall (Billerica, Mass.) cleared the bases with a double to left-center that put the Hawks on top 3-2.

Clayton Welch (Manchester, N.H.) pitched a clean sixth inning, but ran into trouble in the seventh as he walked a pair of batters to put two runners on with two outs. Paul Trabucco came entered the game in relief and struck out DeLuca to end the threat and help the Hawks hold on to their 3-2 lead.

Allan McQuarrie led off the seventh with a single up the middle and Jonathan Pierce (Methuen, Mass.) placed a ball down the left field line to put runners on first and second with one out. After a passed ball moved the runners up, they continued their way around the bases on a wild pitch as McQuarrie scored to make it a 4-2 game.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Alec Carprarella reached on a single to centerfield and after another out; Trabucco hit Patrick Griffin to put runners on first and second with two gone. Sean Maki laced a triple over the outstretched glove of Connor Parent, allowing both runs to score and tie the game at 4-4.

The Hawks put the first two runners on in the bottom of the eighth as Trabucco and Carpenter each earned free passes. They were sacrificed into scoring position, but Saint Anselm came away empty handed as Daniel Colasanto came in and struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

Nick Venier led off the top of the ninth with a triple over the head of the Saint Anselm right fielder and the Golden Knights eventually loaded the bases with only one out in the inning. Caprarella put Saint Rose on top 5-4 with an RBI groundout, but that would be all they would get as Trabucco struck out Flynn to end the inning.

Saint Rose's Pokrentowski came in to finish out the ninth, earning his fifth save of the season and second of the day.

Andy Williams pitched five innings and allowed only three hits, two runs (one earned), with three walks and four strikeouts. Clayton Welch pitched 1.2 innings and struck out a pair while walking two, and Paul Trabucco pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Carpenter, Fortini, Pierce, and Crandall each went 1-for-3 at the plate, while Jason Turner and Allan McQuarrie each went 1-for-2.

The Hawks will try and bounce back on Tuesday afternoon when they step out of conference play for a 3:30 p.m. game against Post University.

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