Hawks fall to Clarion in opener, bounce back to down East Stroudsburg


EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Saint Anselm baseball team dropped the opener of their three-game weekend to Clarion 10-4, but bounced back to down the host Warriors of East Stroudsburg 10-1.

Senior Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.) extended his hitting streak to seven games with four hits on the afternoon. He is batting .393 with 11 hits and eight runs batted in across his previous 28 at-bats.

Game 1 – Clarion 10, Saint Anselm 4 (Box Score)

The Hawks took the early lead with a McKeon RBI single and tacked on two more when Jack Dunklee (Wilbraham, Mass.) plated Matt Collins (Beverly, Mass.) and McKeon on a 2 RBI single to right.

The Golden Eagles cut the Saint Anselm lead to one, 3-2 in the fourth, taking advantage of a Hawks error.

In the sixth inning, the Golden Eagles tallied five runs on five hits to pull in front 7-3 and never looked back, tacking on another run in the seventh and two more in the eighth to earn the 10-4 victory.

Collins led the way with three hits in the game for the Hawks, while Dunklee, Drew Boli (Falmouth, Mass.) and Enzo Merlonghi (Monroe, Conn.) each tacking on two.

Brian Wojichowski (Portsmouth, R.I.) took the loss, surrendering eight runs, six earned, while striking out five.

Clarion's Kyle Thompson earned the win for Clarion, throwing 7.1 innings, scattering eight hits.

Game 2 – Saint Anselm 10, East Stroudsburg 1 (Box Score)

The Hawks bats broke out in the game's second contest, with Saint Anselm tallying 10 runs on 11 hits, jumping all over the host Warriors at Creekview Park.

Boli drove in the game's first run in the first and then was part of a four-run second as the Hawks took a 5-0 edge through two.

In the sixth, the Hawks tacked on five more including two on bases-loaded walks and a bases loaded hit-by-pitch.

Sophomore starter Will Conaton (Windham, N.H.) pitched four solid innings, giving up just one hit before giving way to freshman David Hunter (Middleton, Mass.) who picked up the win, his second of the season. Hunter scattered six hits and struck out six.

East Stroudsburg's Chase Nowak took the loss, his first against three wins, surrendering five runs, all earned, on five hits in just 1.2 innings of work.

The Hawks (4-10) return to action on Sunday with a single contest against Clarion in East Stroudsburg, Pa. First pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m.