PHILADELPHIA – Leading by an 8-5 margin heading into the home half of the sixth inning, the Saint Anselm College baseball team let the lead slip away as the host University of the Sciences stole a 10-8 victory over the Hawks on Saturday.
Saint Anselm (2-2) and USciences (2-2) sees their overall records even at two wins and two losses. Scheduled to play two games on Saturday, the squads will instead play a doubleheader on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. due to inclement weather.
The Hawks scored the first three runs of the game as freshman Matthew Butigian's bunt was not fielded cleanly, plating Dan Bodi and Tyler McKeon in the top of the second inning. A sacrifice fly by McKeon in the top of the third drove in John Marculitis for his team's third run of the afternoon.
A leadoff walk by the Devils came back to bite the Hawks as a sacrifice fly cut into the Saint Anselm lead, 3-1, after four complete innings.
The Hawks would answer in the top of the fifth, creating a 4-1 advantage after Marculitis began the rally with a one-out walk. Mike Goddu pinch-ran for the senior and later scored a run after swiping third base as part of a double steal. A sacrifice fly by Bodi manufactured the squad's fourth run.
Saint Anselm relievers allowed four runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning as USciences rapped three hits and took advantage of three walks for the large inning.
Down by a 5-4 score, the Hawks rallied with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Aaron Crandall stroked an RBI single before Oscar Larranaga had the inning's big blow, rapping a triple to right-center field to drive in two runs. Colin Rios would pick up an RBI, grounding out to the pitcher while driving in his team's fourth run of the frame.
The bottom of the sixth inning proved to be disastrous for Saint Anselm as a lead-off walk was followed by a single through the left side. A wild pitch preceded back-to-back walks and the big blow in the inning came with a two-RBI double – when the inning ended, the Hawks relievers had yielded five runs on three hits and an error.
Pitcher Adam Krol left the game after four innings, allowing only two hits but walking four batters. Brian Wojichowski and Zane Byrne did not record an out, combining to walk four hitters and allowing three runs to score. Danny Garofalo and Will Conaton also appeared in relief for the Hawks.
Kris Morgenweck pitched five innings for the Devils, striking out three batters and allowing three earned runs. Andrew Szpindor recorded one out, allowing four earned runs on only two hits before John McCrane was able to secure the win, striking out three Hawks in just shy of two innings.
Garofalo (0-1) drew the loss for Saint Anselm. Hawks pitchers walked 11 batters on the day.