MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team was stymied by the Warriors from Merrimack College on Tuesday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, falling by a 7-3 margin.
Saint Anselm falls to 9-21 on the season following the non-league tilt. Merrimack has won five-straight games, moving to 20-14 following the Warriors third win over the Hawks this season.
Merrimack plated two runs in the top of the first inning with two outs. Three-straight Merrimack singles followed a throwing error, a wild pitch and a passed ball by Saint Anselm on defense. A nice defensive play by Parent in right field ended the inning as he threw out the reigning Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Week, Cory Wasylow, trying to stretch a single into a double.
The Hawks halved the deficit in the bottom of the first inning as Max Wadington drew a leadoff walk and later scored on an RBI single by Parent. The speedy shortstop set up Parent for the RBI opportunity by swiping second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Butigian.
Center fielder Tyler Lyne and right fielder Matt Nicholson had RBI doubles in the third inning that scored two runs for Merrimack. The fourth inning saw a critical defensive miscue ultimately lead to a run on a throwing error – from there, a triple to right field by Lyne added yet another run for the Warriors.
The Hawks scored two runs without a hit in the bottom of the sixth inning as a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly. Merrimack countered in the top of the eighth inning with one run on two hits as Zane Byrne allowed an inherited baserunner to score on a triple by Thomas Joyce who reached on a single up the middle with one out.
Yerrington drew the loss, allowing two earned runs in three innings of work. Jared Ferris was responsible for only one earned run as the Hawks ultimately allowed four unearned runs. Byrne and Andy Williams combined for one-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
The Hawks return to action this Friday, Apr. 27 as they head to Saint Michael's College for a 3:30 p.m. showdown with the Purple Knights.