MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Saint Anselm College baseball team was stymied by the visiting Panthers from Adelphi University on Saturday, falling in both ends of the day's doubleheader from Sullivan Park at Kavanagh Fields.
The Hawks concluded the day with a 6-18 overall record alongside a mark of 2-7 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. Adelphi, ranked in the East Region by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), improves to 18-5 and to 8-1 against league foes.
Saint Anselm dropped the first game, a nine-inning affair, by a 13-1 margin before being handed a 9-0 loss in the seven-inning contest to conclude the day. The Hawks welcome Pace to the Hilltop on Sunday, Apr. 7 for a 12 p.m. doubleheader.
Game 1 – Adelphi 13, Saint Anselm 1 (Box Score)
The Hawks offense came out in the bottom of the first applying pressure to one of the nation's top pitchers, Ed Baram. The first two batters of the stanza, sophomore Matthew Butigian (Plainview, N.Y.) and senior Tyler McKeon (Rutland, Mass.), reached on throwing errors by Baram. After an infield single by senior Oscar Larranaga (Tucson, Ariz.), the Hawks left the bases loaded with back-to-back failed bunts and a fielder's choice.
Adelphi hung six runs on the Hawks in the top of the fourth inning and never looked back, rapping five hits and taking advantage of two Saint Anselm fielding miscues in the process. Freshman Matt Collins (Beverly, Mass.) came around with his team's lone run of the afternoon, leading off the inning with a single and later scoring on an RBI groundout by Butigian.
After a two-run seventh inning for the Panthers, the visitors racked up five more runs in their half of the eighth inning, collecting three hits and using two Hawks fielding errors en route to a 13-1 lead. In total, the Panthers pounded 15 hits and used five errors by the home team to build a commanding lead.
Freshman David Hunter (Middleton, Mass.) drew the loss, allowing four earned runs in three-and-two-thirds innings pitched. Junior Ryan Schworer (Medfield, Mass.) pitched two-and-one-third scoreless innings of relief, but the threesome of sophomore Danny Graceffa (Duxbury, Mass.), junior Jared Ferris (Methuen, Mass.) and freshman Andy Grygorcewicz (Northampton, Mass.) allowed seven runs to come across.
Baram earned the win, firing eight innings without yielding an earned run. He struck out five and was relieved by Seth Sypniak, notching a scoreless inning in relief. First baseman Thomas Colombo notched three hits in the contest and freshman Kyle Olsen hit a booming home run to right field that struck the scoreboard just beyond the outfield fence.
Game 2 – Adelphi 9, Saint Anselm 0 (Box Score)
Saint Anselm was stymied throughout the final game of Saturday's doubleheader, mustering only four hits in a complete-game shutout from Nicolas Luc. The sophomore had nine strikeouts across seven innings of work, yielding a game-high two hits to Collins.
Adelphi scored five times in the top of the second inning, using five hits to build the early advantage. Two more runs crossed home plate in the top of the third and the Panthers poured on more runs in the top of the fourth inning, using a two-run double by Lucas Terwilliger in the stanza.
In the home half of the fourth inning, Larranaga singled up the middle prior to a walk from freshman Peyton Goodrich (Portsmouth, N.H.). With both runners advancing to scoring position following a wild pitch, Luc was able to record a strikeout to eliminate the threat. Saint Anselm left at least one runner in scoring position across the final four innings.
Sophomore Will Conaton (Windham, N.H.) lasted only one-and-two-thirds innings, allowing five earned runs on five hits and three walks. Freshman Taylor French (Goffstown, N.H.) struck out three batters across five-and-one-third innings of relief, but gave up four earned runs.