EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – The Saint Anselm baseball team wrapped up its three game road trip on Sunday, suffering a 12-4 setback to Clarion University at East Stroudsburg.
A first inning home run put the Golden Eagles ahead, before a two-run double by Ben Barth extended the Clarion's lead to 3-0 in the top of the second.
The Hawks cut into the lead in the bottom of the second. Freshman Peyton Goodrich (Portsmouth, N.H.) walked with one out, moved to second on a passed ball, before going to third on an error. He scored on a RBI single by freshman Mike Pierro (North Andover, Mass.).
Clarion put up two more runs in the third, a run in the fourth and one more in the sixth to take a 7-1 advantage. The Hawks were held in check by Clarion starter Kyler Mellot, who allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings while fanning eight batters.
The Golden Eagles added five runs in the eighth inning to take control of the game. Saint Anselm scored three runs in the ninth inning but were stopped short, scattering just four hits in the game. Senior pitcher JJ Dunn (Nashua, N.H.) took the loss for the Hawks, going just 2.2 innings, allowing five runs on five hits and issuing five walks. He added a pair of strikeouts.
The Hawks fall to 4-11 overall on the year while Golden Eagles sit at 9-10. Saint Anselm begins Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday, Mar. 23 in Springfield, Mass. with a doubleheader against the Yellow Jackets from American International College. First pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.