COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team cruised to a 10-1 victory over the host Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College on Wednesday at Doc Jacobs Field.
Saint Anselm snaps a six-game skid with the victory, improving to 8-15 overall and to 2-8 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Saint Michael's drops to 5-18 on the year, losing seven of its eight league contests to date.
Senior Adam Krol hurled six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven Purple Knights en route to his second pitching victory of the season. Junior Zane Byrne pitched two scoreless innings and was relieved by senior Andy Williams, who pitched a clean inning to shut down Saint Michael's.
An RBI groundout by Saint Michael's Joe Robertson put the hosts ahead in the first inning, 1-0. Purple Knights starter Paul Prue stymied the Hawks offense through the first three innings, but the Hawks jumped ahead with 10-straight runs to end the ballgame.
Junior Connor Parent drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the fourth inning and senior Dan Bodi picked up an RBI with a fielder's choice, propelling the Hawks into the 2-1 lead at the end of four complete innings.
A fielding miscue by Saint Michael's led to the third Saint Anselm run in the top of the seventh inning before freshman Matthew Butigian hit a single up the middle to further increase the Hawks lead. In the eighth inning, Bodi and Parent crossed the plate on a wild pitch that ultimately led to two runs.
Butigian collected another RBI single in the ninth inning before junior Oscar Larranaga collected an RBI of his own with a sacrifice fly. The final two Saint Anselm runs of the afternoon came on a dropped pop-up by the Saint Michael's right fielder.
The threesome of Prue, Christian Devine and Dan Favicchio yielded six earned runs to the Hawks across eight-and-two-thirds innings. Cameron Cuellar recorded the final out of the top of the ninth inning, the frame where the Hawks saw four runners cross the plate.
Senior Max Wadington and Butigian had two-hit afternoons for Saint Anselm, extending his hitting streak to 10 games while reaching base for the 17th-straight contest. Butigian led the way with two runs batted in, helping the Hawks score 10 runs sfor the first time since Feb. 25 against the University of the Sciences.
The Hawks will head to nearby Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H. for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with Merrimack on Friday, Apr. 13.