HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team opened its 2019 campaign on Friday, posting back-to-back losses to East Stroudsburg University at Ting Park.
The Hawks, who handed the Warriors back-to-back defeats one season ago, fall to 0-2 on the year while East Stroudsburg earned the doubleheader sweep in its season-opening slate of contests. Saint Anselm will take on Indiana (Pa.) on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Down by a 7-0 margin in the first game, the Hawks rallied with four runs across the final three innings but the Warriors were able to double up their opponent, 8-4. In the night game, four Hawks pitchers allowed at least one earned run as East Stroudsburg cruised to a 12-4 victory to complete the day.
Game One: East Stroudsburg 8, Saint Anselm 4 (BOX SCORE)
East Stroudsburg took advantage of wildness from Hawks starter JJ Dunn (Nashua, N.H.), who walked four batters while giving up three hits. Sophomore Will Conaton (Windham, N.H.), named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Rookie Team last season, pitched the next four innings and allowed only three runs, all plated by a three-run home run.
The Hawks got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning as a single by senior Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.) plated sophomore Matthew Butigian (Plainview, N.Y.). Senior Connor Parent (Katy, Texas) lofted a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Larranaga to conclude the frame wit htwo runs.
Freshman Jack Dunklee (Wilbraham, Mass.), in his first collegiate game, had an RBI single up the middle to score classmate Michael Pierro (North Andover, Mass.) for the Hawks' third run. Junior transfer Salvatore Pezzolla (East Greenbush, N.Y.) doubled to left-center field in the home half of the seventh inning, halving the East Stroudsburg advantage, but the early damage had been done by the Warriors.
East Stroudsburg had a two-RBI single and an RBI groundout in the first before the aforementioned three-run home run by the Warriors. The eighth run of the day came on a balk by Hawks pitcher Andy Grygorcewicz (Northampton, Mass.).
Game Two: East Stroudsburg 14, Saint Anselm 4 (BOX SCORE)
The Hawks trailed by a 12-0 score through the game's first four full innings as freshman Shawn Morrow (Melrose, Mass.), sophomore Brian Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.), senior Preston Yerrington (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Jared Ferris (Methuen, Mass.) combined to allow 11 hits and 14 runs through six frames.
Highlights on offense came from freshman Chris Schworer (Medfield, Mass.), who rapped his first collegiate home run for the Hawks in the fifth inning. His big fly plated the leadoff hitter, sophomore Max Silverman (Westford, Mass.), who led off the inning with a single. A walk from senior Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.) and a double from Butigian put runners on the corners – both runners would cross the plate on wild pitches.
East Stroudsburg had 11 hits in the game, seven of them going for extra bases. The Warriors pounded two doubles, three triples and two home runs, the biggest of them all coming off the bat of Brainy Rojas and his three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning.