MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team recorded back-to-back losses to the Penmen of Southern New Hampshire University on Sunday at Sullivan Park.
After recording an 8-0 loss in the day's first contest, the Hawks fell behind early en route to an 11-3 defeat at the hands of the Penmen. The Hawks fall to 9-20 overall on the year, dipping to 3-13 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents.
Southern New Hampshire (25-12, 12-5 NE10), ranked fifth in the East Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in its most recent poll, has won six-straight games and leads the Northeast Division with an 11-2 record against divisional rivals.
Junior Tyler McKeon and classmate Connor Parent led the Hawks with three hits in the doubleheader. The Saint Anselm defense committed six errors in two games and mustered only 15 hits in 67 at-bats across the two games. Penmen pitchers allowed 15 hits in 18 innings to the Hawks, but struck out 14 batters on the day.
The Hawks host Merrimack in a non-league game this Tuesday, Apr. 24 at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in downtown Manchester, N.H. at 5 p.m.
After four scoreless innings pitched by both teams, Southern New Hampshire scored two runs in the top of the fifth and didn't look back en route to an 8-0 victory in the first game of the Sunday doubleheader.
With one out in the top of the fifth inning, Joshua Goldstein led off the stanza with a double to left field. He would later come around to score on a one-out single by Thomas Buonopane to score the game's first run. An RBI single by Dakota Mulcay would drive home the second Penmen run of the inning.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Southern New Hampshire extended its lead to 4-0 after taking advantage of a miscue by the Hawks shortstop as Caleb Potter crossed the plate on what would have been the third out of the frame. A Tom Blandini triple to right field would score Joshua Goldstein from first after reaching on the botched play.
Hawks pitcher Adam Krol kept his team within striking distance, recording the first two outs of the ninth inning to finish with only three earned runs and three strikeouts in eight-and-two-thirds innings. Freshman Griffin St. Onge entered in relief, yielding three earned runs on two hits and a walk across two-thirds of an inning.
Shane McDonald earned the victory for the Penmen, striking out nine batters across seven-and-a-third innings of work. Ivon Clough closed the door on Saint Anselm, allowing only one hit in one-and-two-thirds innings of relief.
Defensive miscues plagued the Hawks in the second game of the doubleheader as eight of the game's 11 runs scored by Southern New Hampshire were unearned. Two fielding errors by the Hawks led to four unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning – John Stanton had the big hit, a triple to right field, and he later stole home on the Hawks for the inning's fourth run.
Another triple by the Penmen, this time by Kyle Pangallo, would end up hurting the Hawks as an infield hit by Goldstein scored another run for the visitors. Two more runs would score for the Penmen in the top of the seventh as Mulcay's one-out single to left field came after the leadoff man reached on a fielding error.
The Hawks defense once again was the major story in the top of the ninth inning as two errors ultimately allowed four runs to cross the plate.
With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, McKeon reached on a well-placed bunt single before Wadington doubled to right-center to score his team's first run of the entire day. Another single run scored for the Hawks on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning.
An infield hit by Matthew Butigian scored McKeon in the home half of the seventh inning, plating the Hawks third and final run of the contest.
Freshman Brian Wojichowski did his best to mitigate the damage caused by defensive errors, allowing only two earned runs in six innings. Zane Byrne and Preston Yerrington tossed scoreless innings of relief and Danny Garofalo recorded the game's final two outs. Jared Ferris relieved Yerrington, allowing only one earned run on three hits – three runs allowed under his watch were unearned.
Jake Stearns tossed six-and-two-thirds innings as the Penmen starter, striking out one. Wesley Tobin, Matthew Messier and Endy Morales combined to strike out four Hawks batters in two-and-one-third innings of scoreless relief.