COLCHESTER, Vt. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team recorded its first Northeast-10 Conference shutout of the season on Friday, blanking the host Purple Knights from Saint Michael's College by a 2-0 score at Doc Jacobs Field.
Saint Anselm snaps a four-game losing skid with the result, moving to 10-21 on the year and to 4-13 within NE10 play. Saint Michael's drops to 6-27 on the year, having won only one of its 15 league contests.
Junior JJ Dunn pitched his second complete game of the season, striking out three batters en route to his sixth victory of the year. Throwing 109 pitches in the game, Dunn became the first Hawks pitcher since Parrish Castor in 2004 to throw two shutouts in one season.
The Hawks scored the game's only two runs in the top of the second inning. With two outs in the inning, sophomore Blaine Johnson III smacked a double down the left field line, scoring John Marculitis who reached on an infield single to third base. After Johnson advanced to third on a passed ball, junior Jason Turner reached first on a muffed throw by the first baseman that scored the Hawks baserunner.
Marculitis finished the day with two doubles, setting a single-game high in that statistic. He finished with three hits in four at-bats and had his team's lone run batted in on the day.
Saint Michael's was led by two hits from Dante Moran and Cameron Kroeger. The Purple Knights left seven men on base – their biggest threat came in the bottom of the sixth inning when the Hawks intentionally loaded the bases with two outs. Dunn was able to induce a groundout facing Sean Winthrop to escape the situation.
Zach Rodgers allowed only one earned run across eight innings, striking out five Hawks. Colin Brennan pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the loss.
Saint Anselm welcomes Stonehill to the Hilltop this Saturday, Apr. 28 – the Hawks will host the Skyhawks on Senior Day to begin a doubleheader at high noon. The second game of Sunday's scheduled doubleheader against Stonehill has been canceled. The teams will play a single game beginning at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
Photo Credit Josh Kessler