AUBURNDALE, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team was downed by the Pioneers from Malone University by a 14-4 margin in eight innings of action on Thursday.
Saint Anselm has lost four-straight games, dipping to 4-7 on the season. Malone has won eight of its first 12 games of the 2018 season.
Malone jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but the Hawks countered in the bottom of the frame with RBI's from junior Aaron Crandall on a double to left-center and a squeeze bunt by classmate Oscar Larranaga.
The Hawks captured a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as a triple by freshman Matthew Butigian drove in junior Connor Parent, who led off the inning with a single. Junior Vinnie Fortini plated Butigian with an RBI double down the line, lifting the Hawks to the one-run advantage.
Saint Anselm allowed 11 unanswered runs to Malone in the final four innings, committing six total errors in the game to let the narrow lead slip away.
Danny Garofalo earned the start for Saint Anselm, pitching one inning and allowing one earned run. Ryan Schworer pitched three-and-one-third innings, allowing five earned runs and drawing the loss. Zane Byrne, Danny Graceffa and Elijah Fish also came into the game for the Hawks, allowing six runs between them.
Christian Specht earned the victory for Malone, pitching two innings and allowing two runs. Cody Ballay, Tommy Walker and Anthony Stillwagon combined for three scoreless innings of relief, holding the Hawks to only three hits after the fifth inning.
Saint Anselm will take on Notre Dame (Ohio) on Friday, Mar. 9 at 1 p.m. – the Hawks will be playing at Pat Thomas Stadium.