Baseball toppled by cross-town rival Southern New Hampshire, 12-6

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team recorded a 12-6 loss to visiting Southern New Hampshire University on Saturday at Grappone Stadium.

Box Score

The Hawks drop to 9-18 on the season while the visiting Penmen, ranked fifth in the most recent East Region poll released by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, improve to 23-12 on the year. Saint Anselm hosts Southern New Hampshire for two games on Sunday, Apr. 21 beginning at high noon.

The Penmen sprinted out to a 9-0 lead through the first four innings but the Hawks plated three runs in the home half of the fourth inning. Max Wadington and Matthew Butigian led off the inning and later came around to score following a bunt by Oscar Larranaga that was thrown down the right field line. A sacrifice fly by Connor Parent scored Larranaga with the third run of the stanza.

The Hawks' lone run of the sixth inning came on a Dan Bodi single up the middle, scoring Parent who reached base on a double that missed being a home run by inches – his long drive kicked off the top of the right field fence.

Down by a 12-4 margin in the bottom of the ninth inning, freshman Max Silverman slugged a two-out double that scored Tyler McKeon and John Marculitis who hit back-to-back singles.

JJ Dunn drew the loss on the hill for Saint Anselm, yielding four runs in two innings. Will Conaton, Ryan Schworer, Max Hall and Andy Williams pitched in relief for the Hawks.

Andrew Lalonde pitched a complete game for the Penmen, striking out two batters and allowing only four runs despite giving up 12 hits.

Seven players recorded at least two hits for the Penmen and eight student-athletes picked up a run batted in, led by two RBI from Thomas Buonopane.