Baseball drops two tilts to Saint Rose in Sunday doubleheader

RINDGE, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team was swept by the Golden Knights from the College of Saint Rose in a Northeast-10 Conference doubleheader on Sunday at Pappas Field.

The Hawks opened the day with a 9-4 loss to the Golden Knights after letting a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning slip away. In the second game of the doubleheader, freshman Brian Wojichowski pitched five-and-two-thirds of no-hit innings before Saint Anselm was downed in extra innings, 4-3, by a walk-off double.

Playing its first two games of the season in New England, the Hawks fall to 6-9 on the season and to 0-2 within the NE10. Saint Rose moves to 9-6 overall on the year, winning its first two games played against the league.

Saint Anselm was a perfect 9-for-9 on the day in stolen bases, including seven in the day's second game against Saint Rose. The seven thefts are the most in a single game since the Hawks equaled the feat against Stonehill on Apr. 16, 2016.

The Hawks return to the campus of Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday, Mar. 27, taking on Saint Michael's College at 7 p.m. under the lights at Pappas Field.

Saint Rose 9, Saint Anselm 4 | Box Score

The day's first run came in the bottom of the second inning as Kenny Fils-Aime, in an attempt to advance Joe Foran with a sacrifice bunt, reached first on a throwing error by the Saint Anselm starting pitcher, Adam Krol. Foran sprinted home with the first run of the game for the Golden Knights.

With two outs in the third inning, Foran tacked on an additional run with an RBI single through the left side. Tom Morre added another two-RBI single to left field to extend the Saint Rose lead to 4-0. All of the third inning runs scored with two outs in the stanza.

Saint Anselm scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning, tying the game at four with a lengthy rally against the Saint Rose starter, Greg Musk. Senior Max Wadington led off the inning with a ground-rule double and scored after a Larranaga roller snuck through the legs of the Golden Knights shortstop.

Connor Parent hit an infield single which produced runners on the corners for Dan Bodi, who bunted a rum hone. Parent would later swipe second base, scoring on a throwing error by the Saint Rose catcher to cut the opponent's lead to 4-3. Another Golden Knights miscue put John Marculitis on base and he ultimately came around to score on a Matthew Butigian single through the left side.

Saint Rose immediately took the lead in the bottom of the inning as new pitcher Zane Byrne allowed a leadoff bunt single, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single up the middle to Foran. Back-to-back wild pitches would later plate Foran, putting Saint Anselm in a two-run hole immediately after tying the game at four.

The late-inning woes continued for the Hawks as a leadoff walk issued by Griffin St. Onge preceded three-straight hits and a throwing error by Saint Anselm to create a 9-4 lead. Saint Rose would use two strong innings from Alex Tomlinson to secure the win – he earned the save for the Golden Knights.

Byrne drew the loss, allowing three hits in two-thirds of an inning that led to two runs. St. Onge also allowed two earned runs, recording two outs. Matthew Kurnik also pitched two-thirds of an inning, walking one while striking out a batter. Krol pitched six innings, yielding three earned runs while striking out five Saint Rose batters.

Musk hurled seven frames without allowing an earned run, striking out four batters to earn the win – he allowed four runs, all coming in the error-riddled top of the seventh inning. Saint Rose stole six bases against the Hawks battery.

Saint Rose 4, Saint Anselm 3 (11 inn.) | Box Score

Wojichowski had an outstanding outing for the Hawks, pitching seven strong innings while allowing only three hits and striking out six Golden Knights. His cause was helped by a quick first-inning run by Saint Anselm as an RBI single by Dan Bodi with two outs scored Larranaga, who walked and advanced to second on a passed ball.

Saint Rose scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Brian Uliana singled up the middle and stole second base before Andrew Pedone rapped an RBI double to left field, tying the game at one.

Once again with two outs, Saint Anselm used aggressive base running to force a Saint Rose miscue. Butigian swiped second base on the Golden Knights and the throw bounced down the left field line, creating a 2-1 lead for the Hawks while advancing Aaron Crandall to second. The Golden Knights got a strikeout to end the frame, but Saint Anselm escaped with the one-run lead.

Larranaga picked up what looked to be an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning, singling up the middle to drive in Wadington to create a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.

Nicolas Teitter singled to third base for Saint Rose and later advanced to third by a one-out double by Francisco Infante. After retiring Matt McKinnon on a first-pitch foul out to Bodi, the Hawks were set to face Uliana with two outs and runners at second and third. On the very first pitch from Preston Yerrington to Uliana, the Saint Rose center fielder bounced a ball up the middle to tie the game at three, driving in both runners on base.

Saint Anselm got two quick outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, but 13-straight balls (including a hit-by-pitch) loaded the bases and created an interesting situation to try and get out of. Danny Garofalo was able to get the Saint Rose right fielder to fly out to eliminate the threat.

After the Hawks went down one-two-three in the top of the 11th inning, Saint Rose smacked two-straight doubles to quickly end the game. McKinnon earned redemption for the Golden Knights after fouling out on the first pitch with a runner in scoring position earlier in the contest, doubling down the left field line to lock down the comeback victory for Saint Rose.

Wojichowski did not factor into the decision as Garofalo took the loss, his second of the season. Stephen Hill pitched six innings for Saint Rose, allowing only one earned run before leaving for Dominic Razzano and his two innings of relief. Caleb Gregg was the winning pitcher, allowing one earned run and two hits across three innings.