MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team recorded back-to-back Northeast-10 Conference losses to the nationally-ranked University of New Haven on Sunday.
The Hawks dropped a 4-2 contest in game one before losing the second game, 7-2. Senior Max Wadington led off the first game with his first collegiate home run and freshman Brian Wojichowski struck out the side on the top of the first inning of the second game, but the Hawks dropped back-to-back games at Sullivan Park.
Saint Anselm has lost six-straight games, falling to 7-15 overall and to 1-8 against conference opponents. New Haven, ranked sixth in NCAA Division II by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and ninth by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, moves to 22-4 on the year – the Chargers have won seven of its 11 league games on the season.
Wadington led off the opener with his first career home run, but New Haven rattled off four-straight runs before a double by freshman Max Silverman in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the Hawks second run of the contest.
Jack Zagaja scored on a pickoff play by Hawks pitcher JJ Dunn in the top of the second, tying the game at one. Dunn caught the runner at first with a nice pickoff move and the Hawks elected to get the sure out between first and second base. Tom Walraven drove in the Chargers' second run in the top of the third with a sacrifice fly.
Walraven posted an RBI double in the eighth inning, increasing New Haven's lead to 3-1. Zagaja followed with an RBI single to right field, boosting the visitors lead to 4-1.
Dunn falls to 5-2 on the year, pitching seven-and-a-third innings while striking out three batters and yielding three earned runs. Danny Garofalo allowed three-straight hits, allowing one earned run without recording an out. The tandem of Elijah Fish and Will Conaton pitched one-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless ball.
David Palmer settled down after allowing the leadoff home run to Wadington, improving to 6-1 on the year. He struck out five before Brandon Lamanna relieved the New Haven starter with one inning of work, allowing one earned run and striking out one. Kellen Croce earned his fifth save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.
In the second game of the day, the Hawks opened up an early lead once again after Wadington led off the game with a single up the middle. Advancing to second on a groundout to the right side, Wadington stole third and came around to score on a single by Dan Bodi, creating a 1-0 lead for the home team.
With two outs in the top of the second inning, James Myers rapped a two-RBI single up the middle to give New Haven a 2-1 lead. Catcher Jason Turner drove in the equalizer in the bottom of the frame as freshman Matthew Butigian, who led off the inning with a single, came around to score.
New Haven scored five-straight runs to end the game against Hawks pitching as Wojichowski threw four innings, allowing six earned runs while striking out six. Jared Ferris pitched the fifth inning, allowing one earned run and yielding two hits. Ryan Schworer pitched one scoreless inning and freshman Griffin St. Onge hurled three scoreless innings of relief.
Izaiya Mestre improved to 5-0 for New Haven despite allowing eight hits in five-and-a-third innings. Cam Guarino, Devon Dimascio and Brandon Cruz finished the game for the Chargers, allowing only three hits and no runs across the final three-and-two-thirds innings.
The Hawks head to the Green Mountain State this Wednesday, Apr. 11 for a 3:30 p.m. contest with Saint Michael's College.