MANCHESTER, N.H. – Taking on one of the top teams in the region, the Saint Anselm College baseball team fell to the Ravens from Franklin Pierce University on Tuesday by a 4-2 score at Sullivan Park.
Saint Anselm drops to 11-24 on the year and to 5-16 against league foes while Franklin Pierce moves to 28-12 overall and to 17-6 against NE10 opponents. The Hawks close their regular season home schedule with a 3:30 p.m. tilt against Bentley on Wednesday, May 2.
The Hawks plated the game's first two runs in the home half of the first inning. Senior Max Wadington led off the game with a single to right-center field and stole second base. Butigian picked up a hit of his own, driving home Wadington and later advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt by Oscar Larranaga. Bodi picked up an RBI single to left field, scoring Butigian with the second run of the game.
With two outs in the visiting half of the third inning, Franklin Pierce shortstop Joe Napolitano singled to left field after back-to-back Hawks errors to tack an unearned run on the pitching line of Hawks starter Jared Ferris. The Ravens tied the game at two in the top of the fourth inning as Zack Tower hit a mammoth home run to straight-away center field.
Franklin Pierce added two runs in the top of the sixth following a leadoff single by Tower. He eventually came around to score on an RBI single by Boria, who later scored following a stolen base and a throwing error on the Hawks catcher that allowed him to score.
Ferris pitched four-and-two-thirds innings, striking out one batter and yielding only one unearned run. Elijah Fish drew the loss for the Hawks, retiring two of the five batters he faced and allowing two runs (one unearned). Max Hall, Andy Williams and Danny Garofalo combined for three-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless relief.
Shane Kittila pitched only one inning after starting for Franklin Pierce, allowing two earned runs on four hits. Sam Steeves stole the show for the Ravens, earning the win with eight scoreless innings of relief where he struck out five batters and yielded only four hits.