HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team picked up back-to-back victories over East Stroudsburg University on Saturday at a neutral site. The Hawks opened the day with a 3-2 victory before blanking the Warriors by a 4-0 score in the day's second contest.
Saint Anselm begins the year with a 2-0 overall record and does so for the first time since the 2011 season. East Stroudsburg, winners of 26 games in 2017, falls to 0-3 on the season after losing to another NE10 school in Le Moyne on Friday.
The Hawks had not beaten the same opponent twice in one day since Apr. 12, 2015 with a doubleheader sweep of Adelphi. Saint Anselm, who earned the first two head coaching victories for first-year bench boss Nick Cenatiempo with Saturday's results, will take on Le Moyne this Sunday at 9 a.m. The Hawks will head to the University of the Sciences for three-straight games beginning on Saturday, Feb. 24.
The Hawks eked out a 3-2 victory over the Warriors in the first game as two runs by East Stroudsburg were answered in the home half of the sixth inning as John Marculitis rapped a one-out double to spark the offense. Junior Connor Parent had the biggest hit of the young season, collecting an RBI single to boost Saint Anselm to a 3-2 lead.
The Hawks owned a 2-0 lead through the first four innings. With one out in the inning, freshman Ben Horsfall was hit by a pitch and later advanced to second following the first career hit by classmate Matthew Butigian. Senior Max Wadington reached on a fielder's choice, driving in Horsfall with the season's first run.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, junior Oscar Larranaga led off the inning with a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Marculitis advanced the runner and Larranaga eventually came around to score following a fielder's choice by sophomore Blaine Johnson III to create a 2-0 advantage for the Hawks.
Freshman Brian Wojichowski was called upon to lock down the one-run lead for the Hawks and he delivered, striking out two batters while stranding a runner on third for his first career save. The first year had to dance around two Warriors singles, but finally induced a game-ending groundout to shortstop for his team's first win of the season.
Pitcher Adam Krol took the hill in game one, pitching four innings while striking out three. Sophomore Danny Garofalo struck out one batter in two-thirds of an inning before yielding to junior Zane Byrne, who earned the victory by pitching an inning and a third, striking out one.
Logan Zavada allowed only two hits in four-and-a-third innings before Mike Pepio entered in relief, drawing the loss after allowing one run on two hits. Designated hitter PJ Van Orman had two hits in as many at-bats for East Stroudsburg.
Junior JJ Dunn was masterful in the second game of the doubleheader, allowing only two hits while striking out eight batters in his first career complete game victory. Dunn only walked one batter and did not have a baserunner advance past first base in the contest.
The Hawks plated two runs in the fifth inning as Wadington walked with the bases loaded, scoring pinch runner Mike Goddu. The second run of the inning crossed the plate in the form of senior Dan Bodi, who charged home on a wild pitch.
Two additional runs in the top of the seventh inning rounded out the scoring for the Hawks. Bodi led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior Jason Turner. With two runners aboard, junior Tyler McKeon stroked a two-run single to create the final score of 4-0 for the Hawks.
The tandem of Evan Steele and Matt Durkin allowed four earned runs to Saint Anselm despite striking out seven batters. Steele drew the loss, yielding only one hit but walking four batters that ultimately led to two earned runs.