MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior JJ Dunn (Nashua, N.H.) of the Saint Anselm College baseball team fanned a career-high 10 batters on Tuesday, propelling the Hawks to a 14-4 victory over Saint Michael's College.
The Hawks improve to 6-16 overall and to 2-5 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents on the season. The squad will return to action this Saturday, Apr. 6 against Adelphi in a double-header beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saint Michael's dips to 5-9 overall and to 2-5 against league foes.
Making his 40th appearance in a Hawks uniform, Dunn punched out a personal-best 10 batters. Across 32.1 innings against Saint Michael's, he has allowed only two earned runs and has not allowed an earned run to the Purple Knights in his last 24 innings pitched. In that span, Dunn has 19 strikeouts.
Saint Anselm opened up a 10-0 lead against Saint Michael's through the game's first seven complete innings, pushing across two runs in the first inning thanks to RBI singles from seniors Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.) and Connor Parent (Katy, Texas).
In the Hawks' three-run second inning, Saint Anselm did not record a hit but scored runs on a wild pitch, a passed ball and a balk. A five-run home half of the third inning was keyed by an RBI fielder's choice by freshman Matt Collins (Beverly, Mass.), a single to right by sophomore Matthew Butigian (Plainview, N.Y.) and an infield single by Larranaga.
Parent tacked on an RBI single in the seventh inning before Saint Anselm added three insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Freshman Nick Berry (Beverly, Mass.) had an RBI double to left field before freshman Preston Colp (West Palm Beach, Fla.) came off the bench to post an RBI base hit. A groundout by junior Blaine Johnson III (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) drove home the game's final run.
Saint Michael's had three hits in their half of the eighth inning, scoring four runs on a wild pitch, a two-RBI double and a base hit to center field. Sophomore Anthony Azpeitia had two of Saint Michael's five hits on the afternoon.
Freshman Taylor French (Goffstown, N.H.) relieved classmate Andy Grygorcewicz (Northampton, Mass.) in the eighth inning, striking out three batters in one-and-two-thirds scoreless innings of relief. Dunn earned his first victory of the 2019 season, allowing only two hits and walking only two batters.
LaBarge drew the loss for Saint Michael's, pitching two innings while walking five batters. The Purple Knights pitching staff combined to walk nine Hawks batters – senior Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.) drew four walks in the victory, becoming the first student-athlete in Saint Anselm history since Anthony Modoono '06 accomplished the feat against Lock Haven on Mar. 11, 2006.