WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Junior pitcher JJ Dunn of the Saint Anselm College baseball team continued his early-season dominance, extending his shutout innings streak to 19-plus frames as the Hawks posted a 4-1 victory over the University of Mary on Saturday at Chain of Lakes Park.
Saint Anselm improves to 4-3 overall on the season while Mary remains in search of its first victory of the season across three games. The Hawks will take on Minnesota State-Mankato at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 4, continuing a stretch of seven-straight games in the Sunshine State.
Dunn pitched six-and-two-thirds scoreless innings, yielding only four hits and striking out five batters to improve to 3-0 on the year. He has not allowed a single run to score this season across 19-and-two-thirds innings pitched. Freshman pitcher Griffin St. Onge was able to come in late in the game and strike out both batters that he faced, locking down his first career save despite a run coming across on a wild pitch.
Senior John Marculitis opened the scoring for Saint Anselm in the top of the third inning, smacking an RBI single to left field that scored classmate Max Wadington. Marculitis is off to a stellar start in 2018, collecting six hits in 17 at-bats for a .353 batting average – he has driven in four runs on the season.
Wadington was able to drive in two runs of his own in the top of the fourth inning, driving in Tyler McKeon and Dan Bodi to create a 3-0 lead. Junior Oscar Larranaga put the ball in play in the top of the seventh inning as a grounder was thrown away by the Mary pitcher, allowing Aaron Crandall to score his team's fourth run of the game.
Wadington and McKeon had two hits apiece for Saint Anselm. Crandall and Jason Turner each picked up sacrifice hits in the game and Wadington had a stolen base for the Hawks.
Colin Gudereit drew the loss for Mary, allowing only one earned run across four innings. Charles Bielejeski pitched five strong innings of relief, allowing only one hit. Four errors by the Marauders led to three unearned runs scoring for the Hawks.