CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team carried a three-run lead into the late innings, but the host Wolves from the University of West Georgia scored four runs in the last two frames to take a 5-3 win over the Hawks on Tuesday.
Saint Anselm falls to 1-6 on the young season while the Wolves improve to 6-12 through its first 18 games. The Hawks will head to Paine College for a doubleheader on Wednesday, Mar. 6 that begins at high noon.
Hawks pitchers limited West Georgia to only one earned run, but five Saint Anselm miscues on defense produced four unearned runs. Freshman David Hunter (Middleton, Mass.) pitched seven innings, yielding seven hits and only two unearned runs while punching out two batters. Through his first four collegiate appearances, he has allowed only one earned run in 11 innings, striking out six.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, a dropped foul ball would come back to haunt Saint Anselm as the batter, Lane Griffith, doubled down the left field line. After a bunt single, a fielder's choice produced the game's first run.
Saint Anselm clawed their way to three runs in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, freshman Jack Dunklee (Wilbraham, Mass.) doubled to left center and senior Connor Parent (Katy, Texas) followed with a single to left. After Parent and Dunklee stole second and third, respectively, junior Salvatore Pezzolla (East Greenbush, N.Y.) singled to left field, scoring Dunklee to tie the game at one.
Freshman Mike Pierro (North Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Max Silverman (Westford, Mass.) singled and doubled, respectively, to drive in a run apiece to create a 3-1 advantage for the Hawks that stood through six-and-a-half innings of game play.
West Georgia plated a run in the bottom of the seventh following a single to left field by Brady Barnes, scoring Griffith, who reached with a one-out walk followed by a throwing error that moved him into scoring position.
The Wolves completed the comeback in the bottom of the eighth inning as Logan Taylor drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a balk. An error by the Hawks and a bunt single to the Hawks pitcher, Taylor French (Goffstown, N.H.), loaded the bases. Daniel Langston was then struck by a pitch, scoring a run, and a sacrifice fly was preceded by a run-scoring fielder's choice, capping the three-run inning.
Taylor Boisclair pitched five-and-one-third innings for West Georgia, fanning four batters and allowing three earned runs. The tandem of Sawyer Steele and Drew Hayles pitched three-and-two-thirds innings, striking out three with the latter securing the winning decision.