LEESBURG, Fla. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team pounded 14 hits and held on for a 9-8 victory over Notre Dame (Ohio) College on Friday at Pat Thomas Stadium.
Saint Anselm (5-7) heads into Saturday's Florida finale against West Va. Wesleyan having snapped a four-game losing skid with Friday's result. The Falcons fall to 2-10 on the year.
Senior first baseman Dan Bodi picked up his second 4-for-5 performance in his last three games. In his last 13 at-bats, Bodi is 8-for-13 with a double and three runs batted in. Juniors Connor Parent and Oscar Larranaga picked up three hits apiece while freshman Matthew Butigian collected two hits in five at-bats, driving in two runs.
With two outs in the top of the first, Bodi picked up an RBI single, plating Tyler McKeon who led off the game with an infield single to second base. The Falcons pushed across two runs in the bottom half of the first inning but the Hawks scored four runs in the third inning, rapping four hits and taking advantage of two errors.
Larranaga, Parent and Bodi strung together a double and two singles, respectively, in the top of the fourth inning, growing the Hawks by two runs to 7-3.
Parent registered an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning, scoring Crandall. Bodi followed after reaching base for the fifth time in the game, scoring Larranaga to increase the Saint Anselm lead to 9-5.
Notre Dame would score three runs in the eighth inning, but Saint Anselm was able to hold on for the victory as Jared Ferris picked up his first career save – he worked around a leadoff walk and a stolen base to record three-straight outs to preserve the victory.
JJ Dunn saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak stop at 19-and-two-thirds innings but held on for the win to improve to 4-0. Preston Yerrington relieved Dunn in the sixth inning and pitched three innings while striking out four batters. He departed in favor of Ferris, who earned the save for the Hawks.
Cam Fuller, Tyler Dalzell and James Holle pitched for Notre Dame and allowed six earned runs while striking out six. Notre Dame committed three fielding miscues in the contest, allowing three unearned runs to score in the process.