MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior Max Wadington of the Saint Anselm College baseball team secured the 100th hit of his career as the Hawks posted a 14-6 loss to the Greyhounds from Assumption College on Monday afternoon.
Saint Anselm falls to 7-11 on the season, having lost four of its first five Northeast-10 Conference tilts. Assumption improves to 10-14 overall on the season and to 4-3 against league opponents. The Greyhounds held an 11-6 lead in the ninth inning of the day's second game before it was suspended due to darkness.
Assumption built a 14-0 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning as starter Tom Horstkotte pitched eight efficient innings, throwing only 92 pitches and striking out three batters. The Hawks scored all six runs off of Nick Massarelli in the bottom of the ninth inning – he hit four Saint Anselm batters, threw two wild pitches and walked three.
Wadington led off the game with a base hit through the right side, earning the 100th hit of his career while shattering his bat in the process. He finished the game as his team's leading hitter, collecting an RBI, while second baseman John Kelley and left fielder Mike Goddu picked up the team's other hits.
Hawks pitcher JJ Dunn earned the start for Saint Anselm, looking for his sixth victory of the year. He lasted only two-and-one-third innings, yielding three earned runs. Danny Garofalo faced a similar fate, allowing three earned runs. Elijah Fish and Max Hall had scoreless relief appearances as the former hurled two innings and the latter struck out both batters that he faced.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Hawks scored four runs in the home half of the first inning. Oscar Larranaga and John Marculitis had RBI singles for Saint Anselm and first baseman Dan Bodi drove in two runs in the stanza with a base knock up the middle.
Assumption plated seven runs in the very next half inning off of four hits and two Saint Anselm miscues. Larranaga would answer with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning, cutting into the Greyhounds lead, 7-5. A Marculitis single to left field brought the Hawks to within one run in the bottom of the fourth inning as he drove in his second run of the contest.
The Greyhounds tacked on a run in the top of the fifth inning and scored three additional runs in the top of the ninth inning. With the bases loaded and threatening further damage, the umpires ruled that the impending darkness was a safety hazard and suspended the game until further notice.
Freshman Brian Wojichowski pitched three-and-one-third innings, allowing only two earned runs – on the game, however, five unearned runs scored on his watch. Preston Yerrington, Jared Ferris and Zane Byrne combined to allow four earned runs throughout the rest of the tilt – Byrne is responsible for the bases-loaded situation that the Hawks will inherit once the contest is resumed.
Cole Chudoba was touched for five earned runs in four innings of work for Assumption. The pitching star of the game, however, was relief pitcher Mike Keinz – he allowed only one hit across the next four innings, striking out eight Saint Anselm batters.
Tuesday's contest against Franklin Pierce has been postponed due to inclement weather in the forecast. The Hawks host the Ravens on Wednesday, Apr. 4 at 3:30 p.m.