WILSON, N.C. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team wrapped up a lengthy road trip with a 6-4 loss to the Bald Eagles from Lock Haven University on Sunday.
Saint Anselm heads home with a 3-9 record after playing 10 games during the College's spring break. Lock Haven's overall record stands at 4-4-1. The Hawks will battle Clarion on the campus of East Stroudsburg University on Saturday, Mar. 16 at 10 a.m.
The Hawks took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning as senior Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.) led off the inning with a single. He came around to score with the very next batter, sophomore Matthew Butigian (Plainview, N.Y.), smacking a double. Senior Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.) picked up an RBI, scoring Butigian with a groundout later in the frame.
McKeon extended his hitting streak to five games, posting a .350 batting average with seven hits and six runs batted in across his previous 20 at-bats.
Lock Haven got two runs in the top of the fifth, using a two-RBI single from Liam McArthur.
The Bald Eagles hung four runs in the top of the ninth inning as another RBI single from McArthur followed a Demetruis Haskins run-producing single. The go-ahead runs crossed the plate on a two-run home run by Isaac Porter with two outs in the inning.
The Hawks had two runners on in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Lock Haven relief pitching held up to secure a two-run victory over Saint Anselm.
Senior JJ Dunn (Nashua, N.H.) pitched six strong innings, yielding only four hits while striking out four. Junior Jared Ferris (Methuen, Mass.), freshman David Hunter (Middleton, Mass.) and sophomore Danny Graceffa (Duxbury, Mass.) combined to allow four earned runs in the final three innings with Hunter drawing the loss, allowing the two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Lock Haven combined to strike out eight batters, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. Zane Grimes picked up the win with three scoreless innings of relief.