AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Senior first baseman Dan Bodi delivered the go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Saint Anselm College baseball team to a 4-2 victory over West Virginia Wesleyan to close out the team's trip to Florida with a win on Saturday at Chain of Lakes Park.
With the score tied at 2-2, Bodi singled in Connor Parent and Oscar Larranaga with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to eventually send Saint Anselm (6-7) to a win in the first-ever meeting with West Virginia Wesleyan (1-10). Senior Adam Krol earned his first victory of the season by striking out six in 7.1 innings of one-run ball in relief of Will Conaton, who worked the first 1.2 innings.
The Bobcats scored an unearned run in the top of the first off Conaton to take an early lead. Saint Anselm tied the game at 1-1 in the home half of the second when McGunigle doubled in Colin Rios, who had walked with one out.
West Virginia Wesleyan took its second one-run lead of the game in the fourth with three singles in the first four at bats of the frame. With runners at the corners and one out, Wyatt Adkins singled in the Bobcats' lone run off Krol to put the Bobcats ahead, 2-1.
Saint Anselm tied the game once again with back-to-back doubles to start the bottom of the fifth. Blaine Johnson III started the inning with a two-bagger and Larranaga followed with one of his own to knot the score at 2-2.
Krol retired nine-straight batters starting with the final out of the fifth and the Hawks gave the right-hander a lead in the seventh. With one out, Larranaga reached on a three-base error before Parent walked and stole second, leaving runners on second and third for Bodi. The senior plated both runners with the eventual game-winning single and Krol took care of the rest to finish off the win.
Riley Metz struck out nine for the Bobcats over seven innings of work but took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned).
Saint Anselm returns home to open Northeast-10 Conference play with a doubleheader at Le Moyne on Saturday, March 24 starting at 1 p.m.