LAKELAND, Fla. – First baseman Dan Bodi of the Saint Anselm College baseball team turned in a 4-for-5 performance at the plate but the Hawks fell to Ashland University by a 12-6 margin under the lights at historic Henley Field.
Saint Anselm fell to 4-6 after the game while Ashland moved to 5-2 on the young season.
Junior Connor Parent put Saint Anselm on the board in the top of the first inning, stroking an RBI single to left field to drive in classmate Tyler McKeon, who reached on a walk. Ashland responded in the bottom half of the frame as a three-run home run created instant offense, catapulting the Eagles into the lead, 3-1.
Freshman Matthew Butigian picked up an RBI single in the top of the third inning, driving home junior Oscar Larranaga who put himself into scoring position after swiping second base and advancing to third on a John Marculitis infield single.
Ashland would plate seven runs in the next two frames, putting the game out of reach after picking up five hits and taking advantage of one Saint Anselm error.
Leading by a 10-2 margin after four full innings, Ashland yielded three runs in the top of the fifth inning to Saint Anselm. After recording two quick outs at the plate, the Hawks saw three-straight singles from Butigian, Bodi and junior Colin Rios – pinch hitter Paul McGunigle also smacked a base hit, helping Saint Anselm score three runs on four hits and an Ashland balk.
Junior Aaron Crandall drove in a run in the top of the seventh inning with a single, but his RBI was sandwiched between single Ashland runs in the sixth and eight innings.
Brian Wojichowski picked up the loss despite striking out six Ashland batters for the Hawks. Jared Ferris relieved Griffin St. Onge in the fourth inning and went on to deliver four-and-two-thirds of relief where he allowed zero earned runs while striking out four.
Two Ashland pitchers combined to strike out 11 across nine innings.