MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team posted back-to-back losses on Saturday against visiting Stonehill College. The Hawks dropped the first contest, 1-0, before falling to the Skyhawks by a 9-7 margin in the second half of the doubleheader.
The Hawks have lost six of their last seven games, dropping to 10-23 overall on the year and to 4-15 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Stonehill moves to 16-18 on the year, having won nine of its 21 games versus league foes.
Senior John Marculitis picked up five hits in eight at-bats on the day. Classmate Dan Bodi and junior Oscar Larranaga each had three hits apiece for the Hawks, who saw extra base hits come from Marculitis, junior Connor Parent and freshman Matthew Butigian.
Krol delivered his team's second complete game in a row, but the Hawks were unable to push a run across in a narrow 1-0 loss to open the day. He struck out three batters and, despite hitting four batters with pitches, kept his team in the game by allowing only one earned run on the day.
With the bases loaded following a leadoff single and two hit-by-pitches, first baseman Harrison Sabo drove in the game's lone run with a sacrifice fly to right field. The Hawks did manage to get out of the jam from there as a fielder's choice double play ended the inning.
Saint Anselm posted two hits and had the tying run on third with less than two outs, but a bunt back to the pitcher preceded a groundout to third base to strand the baserunner. The Hawks were also in business in the bottom of the ninth inning, advancing yet another baserunner to third with one out before a pickoff and a fly out to center ended the game.
Jared Brooks pitched eight-and-a-third innings for Stonehill, striking out four batters and allowing seven hits. Chris Murphy came on with one out in the ninth inning, recording both outs to earn his first save of the season.
Stonehill committed six errors in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader but came out with the victory, 9-7, as the Hawks left 12 men on base.
The first Hawks run came on a throwing error by the Stonehill catcher, easily scoring the runner from third base with two outs in the inning. The Skyhawks countered in the top of the next inning, using five hits and a Saint Anselm error to capture a 4-1 lead.
The Hawks took advantage of two more Stonehill errors in the bottom of the third, creating a 5-4 advantage. Marculitis had the big hit of the inning, crushing a ball to center field that cleared the bases and propelled the Hawks two a one-run lead.
A two-run single by Stonehill's Tyler Carey scored two more runs in the top of the fourth inning, putting Stonehill back in front by a 6-5 score. To the credit of the host team, the Hawks answered back in the bottom of the fifth inning with a squeeze bunt from Andre Gaudet with a runner crashing home from third, scoring a run. Marculitis would score the inning's second run following a miscue by the Stonehill third baseman, moving Saint Anselm ahead by a 7-6 score.
Stonehill took the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning with three runs on two hits. With two outs in the inning, a hit-by-pitch and a walk saw Williams come into the contest, relieving Zane Byrne. Williams allowed a triple and a double, allowing three Stonehill runs to cross the plate before Danny Garofalo got his squad out of the inning by inducing a fly out to right field.
Back-to-back hits to start the bottom of the ninth inning were aided by a Gaudet sacrifice bunt, placing the tying runs at second and third with only one out in the inning. The Stonehill closer, Joe Klingensmith, extinguished the threat with back-to-back strikeouts to end the contest.
Freshman Brian Wojichowski allowed 10 hits in only three-and-two-thirds innings and was responsible for five earned runs. Byrne pitched four innings, allowing no hits, but walked two batters that ultimately came around to score on the extra base hit allowed by Williams. Garofalo finished the game with only two hits allowed in one-and-one-third innings.
Michael White was chased from the game in the fifth inning after allowing four earned runs. Eddie Magi picked up the win, delivering three-and-one-third innings without allowing a run. Klingensmith earned his sixth save of the year, despite allowing a hit and a walk in the final stanza.
Saint Anselm is set to host Stonehill on Sunday, Apr. 29 at 12 p.m. – the official Saint Anselm Athletics website will have updates on the status of the game should there be a cancellation or postponement due to inclement weather.