Baseball drops pair to Assumption on Saturday

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team ran into a pair of hot pitchers as Assumption College defeated the Hawks 6-0 and 5-1 in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon in Worcester, Mass.

Box Score Game 1 | Box Score Game 2

The Hawks (10-24, 5-14 NE10) and Greyhounds (14-19, 7-11 NE10) wrap up a three game set tomorrow afternoon in a single game at 12 p.m.

Game One: Assumption 6, Saint Anselm 0

Assumption's Kevin O'Connor gave up a base hit to Max Wadington in the first inning and that would be all he would allow in the game as he tossed a complete game shutout with four walks and eight strikeouts as the Greyhounds defeated Saint Anselm, 6-0, in game one.

Wadington ended the day 1-for-4, while Matthew Flynn, Nick Bragole, Dan Bodi and Connor Parent all reached base via a free pass.

Autrey Gates suffered the setback, allowing six runs on 10 hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work. Zane Byrne allowed two hits and struck out a batter in 1.2 innings, while Max Hall only gave up a walk in an inning.

Assumption was led by Jared Brescia, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. Andrew Jaehning went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI, while Jake Byrne was 2-for-4 and also drove in two runs. Mike Schmidt also added a 2-for-3 day with a run scored.

The Hawks had a chance in the first inning as they loaded the bases on Wadington's single and walks to Bragole and Bodi with two outs. O'Connor avoided any damage as he got the next batter he faced to strikeout.

The Greyhounds struck for two in their half of the first with Hunter Tralli and Jake Byrne each picking up RBI's to make it a 2-0 game.

Saint Anselm threatened again in the second as Fortini reached on an error to lead off the inning, and they eventually had runners on the corners following a walk to Matthew Flynn with two outs. Unfortunately, O'Connor answered the bell again, striking out Wadington to end the inning.

Assumption extended the lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single by Byrne, and they struck three more times in the sixth on a run scoring double from Brescia and a two-run double from Jaehnig.

The Hawks put runners on base in the final three innings of play, but never had a runner get into scoring position.

Game Two: Assumption 5, Saint Anselm 1

The Greyhounds got another strong start in game two from Mike Curtis as he held the Hawks to just two hits and one unearned run in eight innings with three walks and 12 strikeouts. Ben Lambert pitched the final inning for Assumption, only giving up one walk.

Wadington registered another 1-for-4 day in the second game of the doubleheader, while Andre Gaudet added a 1-for-3 game. Matthew Flynn drew another walk and scored the Saint Anselm run.

John Lavoie lasted six innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on five hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts in the defeat. Preston Yerrington tossed the final two innings and gave up a walk with two strikeouts.

Mike Schmidt led the Greyhounds in the second game, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Jared Brescia was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI, while Andrew Jaehnig and Alex Richardson each added an RBI.

The Hawks scored first in the opening inning as Flynn walked to open the game and then moved to third following a wild pitch and a single from Wadington. Curtis struck out the next two batters he faced, before Wadington was able to steal second, allowing Flynn to score from third on the throw down and put the Hawks in front 1-0.

Assumption did most of their damage in the second inning as the Greyhounds plated four runs in the frame. Schmidt picked up an RBI on a double, while Alex Richardson drove in a run while reaching on an error. Brescia added a run-scoring single before Jaehnig picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-1 game.

Saint Anselm put a pair of runners on in the top of the sixth as Wadington reached on an error and Nick Bragole worked a walk with two outs, but they could not push a run across to cut into the deficit.

Brescia rounded out the scoring for Assumption with an RBI double in the Greyhounds' half of the sixth to push the home team's lead to 5-1.

The Hawks threatened again in the eighth as Gaudet led off the inning with a single and then moved to second on the throw. Aaron Crandall followed with a walk, and Jason Turner came in to pinch run for Gaudet. After an out, the Hawks tried a double-steal that unfortunately did not work out as Turner was gunned down trying to take third, and Curtis got the final batter he would face to pop out.

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