PHILADELPHIA – The Saint Anselm College baseball team picked up a 12-2 victory over the University of the Sciences on Sunday afternoon before dropping the doubleheader finale by an 8-3 score.
Saint Anselm concludes its three-game trip to Philadelphia with a 3-3 overall record, matching the Devils' overall win-loss record exiting play on Sunday. The Hawks will head to Florida for a seven-game slate at the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational, beginning on Saturday, Mar. 3 with a 9 a.m. tilt versus Mary.
The Hawks picked up eight runs in the first two innings against the Devils in the first game of the day. Senior John Marculitis and junior Connor Parent drew bases-loaded walks to plate two runs in the top of the first inning.
Junior Oscar Larranaga stroked an RBI single in the top of the second prior to another bases-loaded walk by Parent. Sophomore Paul McGunigle was struck by a pitch with the bases loaded, leading to additional runs for the Hawks before Tyler McKeon hit a three-run triple to left-center field, clearing the bases.
Three more Saint Anselm runs came in the fourth and fifth innings as a McGunigle single to left field drove in two runners with the help of an outfield miscue. An RBI groundout by Larranaga produced a single run in the visiting half of the fifth inning.
Freshman Ben Horsfall picked up his first collegiate hit in the top of the seventh inning, hitting a leadoff home run for Saint Anselm for his team's 12th run of the game.
Pitcher JJ Dunn picked up the win, throwing six shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak to 13 frames on the year. He has struck out 11 in 13 innings to date in 2018. Freshman Danny Graceffa pitched one inning of relief for the Hawks, allowing all two Devils runs in the bottom of the seventh.
In the second game of the day, a leadoff walk that eventually came around to score in the top of the first inning put the Hawks in an early hole. A five-run third inning, highlighted by a couple of two-run doubles by the Devils, sent Saint Anselm to a 6-0 deficit only three innings into the contest.
USciences built its lead to 8-0 with two runs in the home half of the sixth inning. Two RBI singles with one out in the stanza boosted the home team's lead.
The Hawks scraped together three runs in the top of the seventh inning as a two-run single to right field from Marculitis got the guests on the scoreboard. Parent also picked up an RBI double with two outs in the inning, accounting for the third and final run for the Hawks.
Hawks hurler Ryan Schworer allowed two earned runs in two-and-a-third innings, striking out three. Sophomore Jared Ferris pitched an equal amount of innings, allowing two earned runs while fanning two batters. Junior Preston Yerrington pitched two-thirds innings while not allowing a run.
USciences pitchers combined to strike out six through seven innings.